Texas Tech Alum scores fastest goal in Olympic Women's Soccer history

Aug 04, 2016, 02:00
Texas Tech Alum scores fastest goal in Olympic Women's Soccer history

Just 20 minutes in, Canada was reduced to 10 women with the red-card ejection of central defender Shelina Zadorsky, cuing a white-knuckled ride the rest of the way that included a couple of standout performances: one expected, the other perhaps not. A tactical shift saw Melissa Tancredi subbed out in the 23' and Rebecca Quinn brought on. Beckie's goal, scored in her Olympic debut, is the fastest ever scored in the history of Olympic soccer both men's and women's.

Australia's Olympic football campaign got off to the worst possible start in São Paulo, where the Matildas conceded in the first minute before going down 2-0 to last year's World Cup hosts Canada. She didn't argue the call as the official issued the red card.

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Kerr made another shot in the 27th minute and only narrowly missed the goal as it went just slightly wide right. Back and forth continued, as Canada stayed mainly on their half of the field as Australia started gaining control of the ball more and more. Two minutes of stoppage time were added to the first half, leaving the score at 1-0.

What makes the goal even more remarkable is that Australia kicked off the game, and held possession for the first 14 seconds.

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Canada appeared poised to take a 2-0 lead in the 73rd minute as they were awarded a penalty for an Australian handball in the penalty area, a decision that appeared to be a bit harsh on the replay. Sinclair was able to outmaneuver her and, with no defenders close enough to clear the shot, fired a shot from distance and into the net. And after a tense short-handed game, they finished strong too, winning 2-0.

Defeat gives Australia a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F - they face second-ranked Germany in their next outing before wrapping up the group stage against Zimbabwe.

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