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Canada's women's soccer team well-positioned for gold in Rio

(Courtesy Canada Soccer)
Summary

Team Canada made history in 2012 by winning bronze in Olympic women's soccer

Canada undefeated on the pitch so far in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (NEWS 1130) – Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team is living up to the hype.

After their historic bronze medal win at the 2012 games in London, Canada is now a perfect 4 and 0 heading into the women’s soccer semi-final in Rio.

“They’ve exceeded expectations,” says SportsNet contributor Sandra Prusina. “they’ve not only beat the world number three and the world number five, they’ve also beaten the world number two.”

Canada overcame a shaky first half to beat France 1-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday. The lone goal was scored by Sophie Schmidt off a highlight reel volley from Janine Beckie.

With performances like that, Prusina thinks a gold medal is within reach.

“They’re playing as a team. You see someone like Janine Beckie emerging; it’s not just about Christine Sinclair anymore.

“And right now it looks like the sky is the limit, because with the Americans eliminated, this opens up the tournament completely, because the defending champs are out of there,” Prusina adds.

Canada takes on Germany in Tuesday’s semi-final. Canada beat Germany 2-1 during the preliminary round.