Aug. 3, 2012
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COVENTRY, England -- Purdue soccer alumna Lauren Sesselmann went the distance at defender to help lead Team Canada to an upset win of Great Britain, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the knockout round at the Olympic Games Friday.
Canada advances to the semifinals where it will play Team USA Monday at 2:45 p.m. ET. Friday's win also assured the Canadians will play for a medal at the Olympics. France and Japan square off in the other semifinal Monday. The semifinal winners play for the gold medal and the semifinal losers play for the bronze. The medal round is Thursday, Aug. 9.
Great Britain entered the knockout round not only with the home crowd support, but also with some momentum. The British went 3-0 in Group E play, winning all three of their games in shutout fashion.
But Canada led almost the entire game Friday, scoring in the 11th and 25th minutes. The Canadians took advantage of a pair of set pieces, finding the back of the net following an early corner kick and later on a free kick.
Sesselmann went the distance for the third game in a row Friday. She has started at defender in each of Canada's four games at the Olympics. The Canadians have posted shutouts against South Africa and Great Britain, and have now compiled a plus-4 goal differential.
Monday's Canada-USA game will be played in Manchester, England. It will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.
From around the Big Ten, Penn State's Erin McLeod and Carmelina Moscato, Nebraska's Karina Leblanc and Brittany Timko, and Illinois' Emily Zurrer are also on the roster for the Canadian Women's Soccer National Team at the Olympic Games this year. McLeod, Moscato and Timko also played Friday. McLeod is the starting goalkeeper.
Sesselmann played for Purdue from 2001-05, finishing her career with 34 goals and a program-record 22 assists. She was born in Wisconsin but gained Canadian citizenship through her father.