Canada Advances to Olympic Bronze Medal Match

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Canada Advances to Olympic Bronze Medal Match

BATON ROUGE – Former LSU Soccer standout Allysha Chapman already owns the distinction as being the program’s first Olympian with her appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and now she can be the first Tiger to win an Olympic medal when Canada faces host Brazil in the Bronze Medal Match on Friday.

Canada suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of European Champions Germany in Tuesday’s semifinal match at the Estadio Mineirao Belo Horizonte after Melanie Behringer scored her penalty kick in the 21st minute and Sara Daebritz doubled her side’s advantage in the 59th minute with the second goal of the afternoon.

The Germans turned the tables on their opponent after the Canadians topped Group F with a 2-1 comeback win in the same fixture held on the final day of group play on Aug. 9 at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

Chapman was an unused substitute in Tuesday’s semifinal defeat to Germany after being subbed off before halftime with an apparent shoulder injury suffered in the team’s 1-0 quarterfinal win over France last Friday afternoon. She will look to recover in time to find her name on the team sheet in her familiar left back spot when Canada faces Brazil in the Bronze Medal Match on Friday.

Chapman and her Canadian teammates will return to Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo with the Bronze Medal Match at this year’s Olympic Games set to kick off at 11 a.m. CT. Germany and Sweden will then square off in the Gold Medal Match at the famed Maracana in Rio de Janeiro with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.