Schmidt, Team Canada close in on Olympic soccer berth

Sophie Schmidt and the Canadian women’s soccer team are one win away from qualifying for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

Sophie Schmidt (13) unleashes a shot vs. Cuba during CONCACAF Olympic qualifying action.

Sophie Schmidt (13) unleashes a shot vs. Cuba during CONCACAF Olympic qualifying action.

Sophie Schmidt and the Canadian women’s soccer team are one win away from qualifying for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

Schmidt, a 23-year-old midfielder from Abbotsford, helped Team Canada finish first in Group A at the CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying tournament at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

On Monday, she scored a goal in Canada’s 5-1 win over Costa Rica to clinch first place in the group. The host Canadians had previously beaten Haiti (6-0 last Thursday) and Cuba (2-0 on Saturday).

On Friday in the tournament semifinals, Canada will face the loser of Tuesday’s Group B match between the United States and Mexico (that result was unavailable at press time). If they win that game, they’ll claim one of two CONCACAF Olympic berths.