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Olympic Dreams Come True

Aug 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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What an incredible day for Notre Dame soccer.

Not only did a trio of Irish alumnae earn Olympic medals, but all three played in today’s matches, including two who returned from injuries after missing the previous four games.

In the bronze medal match, Melissa Tancredi (’04) and Candace Chapman (’05) helped Canada to a 1-0 win over France, giving the country its first Olympic medal in a traditional team sport since 1936.

Diana Matheson netted the lone goal in extra time, a thrilling finish to the game at City of Coventry Stadium.

Tancredi played 77 minutes, and Chapman, competing for the first time since the opening game against Japan, entered in the 83rd minute.

After the game, both shared their joy on Twitter.

In the gold medal game, it was redemption for the United States. After a heartbreaking loss in last year’s World Cup final, the American squad bested Japan, 2-1, in front of 80,203 at Wembley Stadium, a record crowd for women’s Olympic soccer.

Carli Lloyd scored both goals, in the 8th and 54th minutes.

Shannon Boxx (’99) returned to the lineup for the first time since being injured against France, and played all 90 minutes.

With the win, Boxx becomes the first three-time Olympic gold medalist in Notre Dame history. The California native was also a member of the U.S. team that won gold in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).

Stay tuned to and check out @NDsoccernews and @NDSoccer for more on the memorable day.

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