BC Soccer congratulates Canada's Women's Soccer team for winning Gold at the Olympics

A remarkable tournament was capped off with an emotionally draining penalty shootout win over Sweden

August 6th – Vancouver BC

It wasn't looking good for the Canadian women after going behind in the 34th minute.  But anyone who's watched Canada at these Olympics knew they were capable of overcoming adversity.  Sure enough, that moment came after Christine Sinclair beat her defender to the ball, before being fouled in the Swedish Penalty area.  The referee immediately waved away the appeals...but for the second time in the tournament, VAR would come to Canada's aid. After video review, the penalty was awarded.  

Lke she did in the semi final versus the arch-rival Americans, Jessie Fleming calmly did her thing, and it was 1-1 in the 68th minute.  

As extra time was winding down, Canada somehow survived a mad scramble in its own goal-mouth, and the Gold Medal game between Canada and Sweden would go to penalties.

After an exhaustive, emotionally-draining, rollercoaster-like series of circumstances which saw Canadian Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé make several critical saves including in the 6th and sudden death round…up stepped Vancouver’s Julia Grosso. 

Despite Sweden’s prolific goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl guessing the right way and getting fingers to it, the 20-year old’s strike was too powerful…and Canada had won it’s first Olympic Gold medal, and our country's first major global honour.

It was a gutsy, mentally tough, draining and physically exhausting affair in the intense heat and humidity of Yokohama Japan…but Canada prevailed.  Prepared by an outstanding technical and medical staff led by BC Resident Bev Priestman, Canada weathered every storm, survived every scare, and when the key moments presented themselves, the women in Red showed poise and ruthlessness.

But of all the great moments and images that future generations will remember from this incredible achievement, none will be more satisfying, than seeing Burnaby’s Christine Sinclair atop the podium.  "Sincy" had long ago cemented her legacy, but now her impact on the game in our Province and Country…will glitter with gold. 

BC Soccer Executive Director Jason Elligott summed up how every Canadian must have been feeling watching the climactic final: "What an amazing accomplishment for an amazing team. Credit to all the players and staff for never giving up and showing the grit Canadians have. It is great to have such a BC flare in and around the team, from Sinclair’s leadership to having Julia Grosso the final shooter to bring gold home adds to the excitement and pride. We can’t put into words what this means for soccer in BC and Canada; it is still sinking in. On behalf of BC Soccer and everyone involved in soccer in BC, we thank the Women’s National Team for allowing us to celebrate, especially after the last year plus of struggles and challenges sport, soccer and people have been faced with. We are all proud Canadians."

BC Soccer would once again like to congratulate the team on making history, and recognize the British Columbians in the delegation, many of whom have come through our various programs, dreaming of this very moment: 

Players:  Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Jordyn Huitema, Julia Grosso

Technical Staff: Bev Priestman (OK, we’ve adopted Bev as a BC Resident) Jasmine Mander, Michael Norris, Adam Day

Physiotherapist Melissa Tancredi

Medical-Sports Science: Mallory White, Sarah Smith, and Zach Kalthoff

Equipment Manager: Maeve Glass

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