July 31, 2012
LONDON - All three Tennessee soccer players in the 2012 Olympics have advanced to quarterfinal play as Canada tied with Sweden, 2-2, in Group F and New Zealand defeated Cameroon, 3-1, in Group E.
New Zealand dominated from start to finish against Cameroon with a 1-0 first-half lead thanks to Rebecca Smith's goal in the 43rd minute. Cameroon's Ysis Sonkeng was charged with an own goal early in the second half and Sarah Gregorius gave New Zealand a 3-0 advantage in the 62nd minute. Incoming freshman Hannah Wilkinson was not in action against Cameroon as she has been suspended for drawing two yellow cards.
New Zealand will face the United States in the quarterfinals on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Canadians Rhian Wilkinson and Marie-Eve Nault logged big minutes on Tuesday to help Canada keep its medal hopes alive. Wilkinson played all 90 minutes and Nault saw her first playing time of the Olympics, starring on the field for 86 minutes. Melissa Tancredi scored goals in the 43rd minute and the 84th minute to bring the Canadians back from a 2-0 first-half deficit.
Canada will take on host nation Great Britain in the quarterfinals on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Follow the action live at NBCOlympics.com.