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US Women’s Soccer Team Loses to Canada, Unable to Content for Gold or Silver Medal

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The Canadian women’s soccer team has defeated the United States after a penalty kick handed them a 1-0 semifinal victory on Monday.

The win means that the four-time gold medalist team is knocked out of the gold and silver medal competitions, but remains in the running for the bronze medal game that will be held in Kashima on Thursday.

The match for gold will be played on Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, where Canada will face Sweden, who beat Australia 1-0 after a 46th-minute goal from Fridolina Rolfo, a forward for Primera División club Barcelona and the Swedish national team.

Jessie Fleming, a midfielder for Chelsea and the Canadian national team, scored a penalty kick in the 74th-minute, earning the team a semifinal victory against the United States.

“It has been a long time coming to beat those guys,” said Fleming. “We want to come away with gold now but it is really special for us to put our flag on the map,” she said.

Jessie Fleming #17 of Team Canada prepares to take a penalty during the Women’s Semi-Final match between USA and Canada on day ten of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on Aug. 2, 2021 in Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan. (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The United States has previously won the gold medal four times and hasn’t lost to Canada since March 2001. It is only the fourth time the Canadians have beaten their neighbors in more than 60 meetings.

“I think this is my first loss ever to Canada,” said Megan Rapinoe, a forward from the U.S. national team. “It sucks not to be able to compete for a gold medal, which is what we wanted. Not a great performance, either. That’s the most frustrating thing,” she said.

After a scoreless first half, a big effort on goal finally arrived in the 65th-minute when a curling shot from U.S. forward Carli Lloyd was tipped over the crossbar by Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe. Just moments later, the Canada keeper did another remarkable save to keep out a glancing header from U.S. midfielder Julie Ertz.

But just as the Americans were piling on the pressure, a foul by U.S. defender Tierna Davidson just inside the penalty area led to the penalty kick that handed the Canadians a 1-0 lead, as well as victory.

Kateryna Monzul, the game’s referee, at first allowed the play to continue after the foul, but she was advised to take a second look at the infraction on video and decided there was enough contact to warrant a penalty.

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Match Referee, Kateryna Monzul signals for a VAR check for a potential penalty for Team Canada during the Women’s Semi-Final match between USA and Canada on day ten of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on Aug. 2, 2021 in Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan. (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“We’ve come this far and I think that’s the message; the group won’t be just happy to go out there and go home with silver,” Canada coach Beverly Priestman said. “Whoever we face, we have to believe now and we have to push and believe we can do something really special for our country, and these players absolutely deserve it.”

“There are some veterans on the team that still feel that hurt from 2012, and I’m just over the moon for that group of players,” she added. “Someone like Christine Sinclair now gets to go to an Olympic final, who has done so much for the program.”

In 2012, the United States played neighbor Canada in the Olympics in a controversial semifinal match that went to overtime. Canadian star Christine Sinclair scored three goals, but the United States won it 4-3 on Alex Morgan’s header in the 123rd minute.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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