July 26, 2012
Team Canada Women's National Team | 2012 Olympics Women's Soccer
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. -- Purdue soccer alumni Lauren Sesselmann and Felicia Schroeder are both playing in worldwide tournaments this month, with Sesselmann suiting up for Team Canada at the London Olympics and Schroeder playing for Team USA at the Deaf World Championships (Deaf World Cup).
Sesselmann, who was born and raised in Wisconsin but gained Canadian citizenship through her father, started at defender and logged 69 minutes in Team Canada's Olympic opener against Japan Wednesday. The 2005 Purdue alumnus accounted for the defensive play of the game. In the 51st minute with Japan already leading 2-0, Sesslemann cleared a ball off the goal line. Yuki Ogimi's shot was ticketed for Japan's third goal of the game.
The Japanese women would go on to defeat Canada, 2-1, but Sesslemann's play could prove significant in the future if there is a tie in the group standings and goal differential comes into play.
"It was kind of instinctual,'' Sesslemann said after the game. "In case [Canada goalkeeper] Erin [McCloud] couldn't get it. I did it in the USA game, too. It was a last-minute thing, like. I think definitely the mood lifted after that. Then we got a goal. I think that stop can come in handy if it comes down to goal differential."
Sesselmann helped Team Canada win gold at the Pan American Games in Mexico in October. Canada's next game at the Olympics is set for Saturday, July 28 against South Africa. Sweden is also part of Group F.
Meanwhile in Turkey, Schroeder continues to play for Team USA at the Deaf World Cup. She has helped lead USA Deaf Soccer to victories against Russia (1-0), Japan (4-0) and Germany (8-0). Team USA plays Poland Thursday (July 26) and is likely to have a rematch with Russia in the finals.
Schroeder, a 2008 Purdue alumnus who currently plays professionally in Sweden, and her teammates continue to train for the 2013 Deaflympics. The Deaflympics are also held every four years and feature Summer and Winter Games. The 2013 Summer Deaflympics are tentatively set for Athens.