COVENTRY, England -- They were lucky, and they knew it. They had nothing left after their controversial semifinal loss to the United States, and they were dominated by France in the second half, and after the goal post and the crossbar and the goal-line save and all the other close calls, they caught a miraculous break when the ball ricocheted off a French defender and fell right at the foot of Diana Matheson in the 91st minute.
But when Matheson kicked that ball into that gaping net Thursday, they believed everything changed. Somehow they slipped past France 1-0 and won bronze in women's soccer -- Canada's first medal in a traditional team sport at a Summer Olympics since silver in men's basketball in 1936. This is no longer the team that finished last in the World Cup a year ago, the team that fired its coach, the team that needed a turnaround.
"The beauty today is we've raised the bar," coach John Herdman said. "And that's what I loved about this tournament. We were either going toRead More »from Diana Matheson gets a break and Canada grabs a bronze medal in Olympic women's soccer