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Canada Edges France To Advance To Olympic Semifinal

Aug. 12, 2016

By Joanne Norell

RIO de JANEIRO – Former University of Notre Dame women’s soccer standout Melissa Tancredi and Team Canada will continue their quest for an Olympic gold medal, advancing to the tournament’s semifinals after a 1-0 win over France in the first round of elimination play Friday.

Sophie Schmidt scored the lone goal of the match in the 56th minute on a volley from Janine Beckie.

Though Tancredi did not play in Friday’s match, she has played a key role in the team’s 4-0 record through these Olympics. She scored both of Canada’s goals in a 2-1 win over Germany on Tuesday.

Canada and Germany will meet again next Tuesday in the semifinal match at 3 p.m. ET. Germany defeated China 1-0 in their quarterfinal match Friday.


Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.