Schmidt, women’s soccer team golden dreams dashed

Canada battles Brazil for bronze on Friday in Olympic women's soccer

Sophie Schmidt and the Team Canada women's soccer team will now play for bronze against Brazil on Friday.

The golden dreams for the Canadian women’s soccer team, and Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt came to a screeching halt against Germany earlier today (Tuesday).

Canada fell 2-0 to Germany on Tuesday, which means the best Canada now can hope for is bronze.

The Germans converted on a penalty kick at the 21 minute mark of the first half, and then added another goal in the 59th minute. Canada had no answer for German goalkeeper Almuth Schult, who made several key saves to maintain a clean sheet.

Schmidt played the entire game for Canada, directing one shot wide.

“The team gave it its best, absolutely. I can’t fault the players. Germany took their chances and we didn’t,” stated Canadian coach John Herdman after the loss.

Canada had defeated Germany 2-1 in the preliminary round stage last week.

Canada now takes on host team Brazil for bronze on Friday. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Abbotsford time.

Continue checking the Abbotsford News online for ongoing coverage of local athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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