Desiree Scott, left, looks to steal the ball away from France during the Bronze Medal Game on August 9, 2012. Photo by Paul Hackett/Reuters
She is a Bison Soccer M.V.P., Team Captain, and now Desiree Scott can add Olympic medalist to her resume.
Desiree Scott was in the starting lineup for Canada's women's soccer team at the London 2012 Summer Olympics when they captured a Olympic bronze medal with a thrilling last-minute 1-0 victory over France on August 9, 2012.
This was Scott’s sixth consecutive match at the Olympics and she played every minute for Canada during the Olympics. Scott played an integral role as she saved a sure France goal with her knee on the Canadian goal line at the 70th minute to preserve a tie game at the time. She has now made 53 appearances with Team Canada over her career.
In addition, Canadian Olympic history was made as this becomes the first team medal since 1936 men’s basketball.
The Winnipeg native has gained vast experience with the Canadian national team over the last four years. Her national resume includes: Canada Soccer Female Player of the Month for January 2012 after helping Canada qualify for the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament while earning three-straight “Player of the Match” honours; started four of five games (played in all five) and started both of the playoff matches at the 2012 Pan Am Games, which Canada won gold; she became the first Manitoba-trained player to participate in a FIFA Women's World Cup - the world's biggest women's sporting event. Scott played in two 2011 World Cup games, after being selected to the 21 player roster; Scott played for Canada in back-to-back wins at the Cyprus Women’s Cup in 2011 and 2010 plus part of two CONCACAF championships (gold in 2010 and silver).
The 2009-10 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, Scott made a huge imprint on the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer program as a player during her illustrious five-year career (2005-09). She earned four total conference All-Star recognition (First Team: 2008, 2009; Second Team: 2005, 2006) along with being named 2005 Canada West Rookie of the Year plus 2009, 2008 CIS First Team All-Canadian. The midfielder registered the most points and assists in a Bison career with 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 64 conference regular season games. Scott also was part of the Bison women’s soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach during the 2011 season and plans to be back to the same Bison program after the Olympics.
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