Canada's Diana Matheson celebrates her bronze-medal winning goal Thursday.

Canadian women’s team wins soccer bronze at Summer Olympics

Women's national squad makes good on coach's promise of a medal after beating France 1-0 Thursday morning in London.

Canada’s national women’s soccer team has won a bronze medal at the London Summer Olympics, just as their head coach, Semiahmoo Peninsula resident John Herdman, guaranteed they would.

Early Thursday – the game started at 5 a.m. Pacific time – Canada hit the pitch against France, and though they were sluggish at times and outplayed for long stretches by the French side, the Canadian crew held strong, and the game stayed tied 0-0 until injury time, when Diana Matheson scored the winning goal.

The medal win was Canada’s first in a Summer Olympics team sport since Canada’s men’s basketball team finished on the podium in 1936. Canada’s women’s soccer team has never medalled before.

The win was a bit of redemption for the national team, which lost a heartbreaking – and controversial – semifinal game to the No. 1-ranked U.S. on Monday. In that game, Canada led for all but 30 seconds, but was undone after a rarely called penalty led to the American tying goal, and in overtime, U.S. veteran Abby Wambach won the game on a header.

After the loss, Herdman called the officiating “bizarre” and later added that “the job is not done… we’ll take a medal from this tournament.”

Herdman is one of two Peninsula residents with the women’s program; longtime local soccer executive Maeve Glass is in London as the team’s equipment manager.

Later Thursday, the U.S. team edged Japan 2-1 to win the gold medal.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Surrey boy, 11, hopes to raise $3,000 for Sources – and be Prime Minister

White Rock Coldest Night of the Year event to take place Feb. 22

Recharged Sharks aim for playoffs after ‘well-earned’ break

Bayside rugby club mixes youth with returning veterans in quest for men’s Div. 1 title

Pedestrian fatality in Surrey

Police are investigating at 183 Street and Highway 10

Spring is looming – what are you most looking forward to?

Spring is looming – what are you most looking forward to?… Continue reading

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants make it nine straight

Roman scores hat trick as team dominates Seattle

Most Read