Aug. 16, 2016
By Joanne Norell
RIO de JANEIRO – Former University of Notre Dame women’s soccer player Melissa Tancredi and Team Canada will compete for the Olympic Bronze medal after dropping their first match of the Games in a 2-0 decision to Germany in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Germany took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when Melanie Behringer struck home a goal on a penalty kick for a lead that would last until the half. The Germans extended their lead in the 59th minute on a second tally by Sara Daebritz.
Tancredi made her fourth start of the Games, playing 85 minutes.
Canada will face host country Brazil in the bronze medal match at noon ET Friday. Germany will square off with Sweden in the gold medal match after Sweden advanced on penalty kicks in a 0-0 draw with Brazil on Tuesday.
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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.