After winning the Olympic gold medal, Canada’s women’s soccer was named Canadian Press’ team of the year. Nine years ago the team earned a bronze at the London Olympics after a very controversial semi-final shootout loss to the United States. The Canadian Press named the women team of the year at the end of 2012, but they wanted to aim for gold.
This past summer, Julia Grosso’s goal in penalty kicks lifted Canada to a 1-1 shootout victory over Sweden in the Tokyo Games. Realizing they achieved a nearly decade-old dream, the victory was the highlight of a 13-match winning streak. Bev Priestman, the manager said that placing third in both London and the Rio Olympics fueled the gold medal victory.
Priestman explained “I think that moment (in London) created a lot of the momentum and the belief and the passion for the younger players over the last eight years,… You’d like to think that this gold medal now is going to have the same impact on any young player in Canada because they got to see such a moment that will hopefully inspire them to go and represent Canada In the future.”
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