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Irish In Rio: Tancredi Kicks Off Medal Pursuit

Aug. 4, 2016

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former Notre Dame women’s soccer standout Melissa Tancredi and Team Canada opened the Olympic Games with a 2-0 win over Australia on Wednesday (Aug. 3).

The Group F win came with some drama for Tancredi, who started the match, and her teammates. Janine Beckie scored the fastest goal in Olympic history just 21 seconds into the match giving Canada a 1-0 lead. Then in the 19th minute, Canadian defender Shelina Zadorsky was shown a red card. The Canadian coaching staff was then forced to sub out Tancredi, a striker, in favor of a replacement defender. Tenth-ranked Canada added an 80th minute insurance goal and held on for the win over fifth-ranked Australia.

Tancredi and Team Canada are back in action on Saturday, August 6 with a 2:00 p.m. game versus Zimbabwe (NBC Sports Live Extra).

Today | August 4: No current/former Notre Dame student-athletes are in action today.

Next Up | August 5: The opening ceremony for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad will take place to officially get things started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).