Diana Matheson

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Diana Beverly Matheson
Diana Matheson in 2011.JPG
Diana Matheson in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Personal information
Full name Diana Beverly Matheson
Date of birth (1984-04-06) April 6, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.54 m (5 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Washington Spirit
Number 8
Youth career
2004–2007 Princeton University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Team Strømmen 32 (11)
2013– Washington Spirit 42 (16)
National team
2003– Canada 164 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 May 2014

Diana Beverly Matheson (born April 6, 1984) is a Canadian professional soccer player for Washington Spirit in the National Women's Soccer League. She is known for scoring the bronze medal-winning goal for Canada in the 92nd minute against France at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also won a gold medal with the Canadian national team at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Early life[edit]

Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Matheson attended White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, where she received Principal's Award for athletics and academics. As a member of the Ontario provincial team from 1999 to 2002, she won the national championship in 2001 and was runner-up in 2002. She was captain of the team in 2002. Playing for the Oakville Women's team, Matheson was a 2002 Ontario Cup champion and club national women's champion.[1]

Princeton University[edit]

Matheson majored in economics at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, and was voted Ivy League Player of the Year in 2007 and Princeton Women's Athlete of the Year in 2008.[1][2]

As a freshman in 2004, Matheson was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She earned first-team All-America and first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors and was one of 12 finalists for SoccerBuzz Freshman of the Year. She was a three-time Ivy Rookie of the Week. During her sophomore year, she scored five goals, second-most on the team, and had a team-high of seven assists (ranked third in the Ivy League). She was one of only two unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections. Matheson earned SoccerBuzz first-team all-region and NSCAA second-team all-region honors. After missing the season-opening trip to Florida to play with the Canadian national team, she started all 14 games the rest of the season. As a junior in 2006, Matheson co-captained the squad and led the Tigers with eight goals and five assists for 21 points despite missing five games to train with the Canadian national team. She was a unanimous selection for first-team All-Ivy. As a senior, Matheson missed the first seven games to play in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. After returning from the tournament, she earned a point in seven straight games of the 10 played and broke Princeton's single-game and career assist records with a four-assist performance against Rutgers. Serving as co-captain of the team, she was Princeton's third four-time first-team all-league honoree and seventh Player of the Year.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Team Strømmen[edit]

Diana Matheson played the second half of the 2008 season in Oslo, Norway, with Team Strømmen, becoming a runner-up in the Toppserien league and also in the annual Cup competition. She rejoined the same club for the 2009 season running from April to October, and for the first half of 2010 until national team duties called her away. She can be seen in a video made by her Norwegian team.[3]

Washington Spirit[edit]

In early 2013, it was announced that Matheson would be joining the Washington Spirit as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, a team in the newly founded National Women's Soccer League.[4]

International[edit]

As a regular player for Canada, Matheson is remarkable for possessing the speed and skill to hold her place in an international team that is known for its physical approach to the game, despite having a height of only 5 ft 0¼. Matheson made her national team debut at the Algarve Cup in March 2003.[1] Matheson scored in Canada's 3–1 win over China on September 30, 2010.[5]

At the 2011 Pan American Games, Matheson helped Canada win the gold medal game against the defending champions Brazil by scoring on the first Canadian penalty kick after extra time.[6][7] Matheson notched the winning goal in the 92nd minute of Canada's bronze medal game (1–0) against France at the 2012 Summer Olympics on August 9, 2012.[8][9][10][11]

International goals[edit]


Goal
Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Score Result Competition
1
2003-06-15[m 1] MexicoMazatlan  Mexico Start 1.1 90

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Friendly
2
2007-05-06[m 2] ChinaNanjing  China PR Start 1.1 30

4950.01005 1–2

4950.01005 1–2

Friendly
3
2007-07-14[m 3] BrazilRio  Uruguay 45.

on 46' (off Lang)

1.1 53

5350.03005 3–0

5750.07005 7–0

Pan American Games
4
2008-06-14[m 4] South KoreaSuwon  Argentina Start 1.1 25

5150.01005 1–0

5550.05005 5–0

Peace Queen Cup
5
2010-02-20[m 5] CyprusLarnaka  Poland 56.

off 56' (on Gayle)

1.1 45

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Friendly
6
2010-03-03[m 6] CyprusNicosia  New Zealand Start 1.1 71

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Cyprus Cup
7
2010-09-30[m 7] CanadaToronto  China PR 85.

off 85' (on McCalla)

1.1 23

5150.01005 1–0

5250.03005 3–1

Friendly
8
2010-12-09[m 8] BrazilSão Paulo  Netherlands Start 2.1 55

5350.03005 3–0

5550.05005 5–0

Torneio Internacional
9
2.2 67

5450.04005 4–0

10
2011-06-07[m 9] HungaryTelki  Hungary Start 1.1 87

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Friendly
11
2012-07-14[m 10] SwitzerlandChâtel-Saint-Denis  New Zealand 79.

off 79' (on Timko)

1.1 30

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Friendly
12
2012-08-09[m 11] United KingdomCoventry  France Start 1.1 92

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Olympic tournament
13
2013-03-06[m 12] CyprusLarnaka  Switzerland Start 1.1 79

5250.02005 2–0

5250.02005 2–0

Cyprus Cup
14
2014-03-07[m 13] CyprusLarnaka  Italy Start 1.1 33

5150.01005 1–0

5250.03005 3–1

Cyprus Cup
15
2014-03-12[m 14] CyprusNicosia  Republic of Ireland Start 1.1 56

5050.01005 1–1

5150.02005 2–1

Cyprus Cup

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Diana Matheson player profile". Princeton University. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Diana Matheson profile". CBC. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Soccerfun
  4. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Canada-China post-match interviews
  6. ^ "Canada Brings Home Pan American Gold". All White Kit. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "No shortcomings for Oakville's Diana Matheson". Northumberland News. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Canada wins historic Olympic soccer bronze". CBC News. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Canada Gets Some Redemption, Scores In Stoppage Time For Bronze". Sports Grid. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Matheson's bronze-winning goal a score for Oakville soccer". Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Best Olympic Moments 08/09". MSN Canada. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
Match reports
  1. ^ "Canada vs Mexico - 2003-06-15". Canada Soccer Association. 
  2. ^ "Canada vs China PR - 2007-05-06". Canada Soccer Association. 
  3. ^ "Canada vs Uruguay - 2007-07-14". Canada Soccer Association. 
  4. ^ "Canada vs Argentina - 2008-06-14". Canada Soccer Association. 
  5. ^ "Canada vs Poland - 2010-02-20". Canada Soccer Association. 
  6. ^ "Canada vs New Zealand - 2010-03-03". Canada Soccer Association. 
  7. ^ "Canada vs China PR - 2010-09-30". Canada Soccer Association. 
  8. ^ "Canada vs Netherland - 2010-12-09". Canada Soccer Association. 
  9. ^ "Canada vs Hungary - 2011-06-07". Canada Soccer Association. 
  10. ^ "Canada vs New Zealand - 2012-07-14". Canada Soccer Association. 
  11. ^ "Canada vs France - 2012-08-09". Canada Soccer Association. 
  12. ^ "Canada vs Switzerland - 2013-03-06". Canada Soccer Association. 
  13. ^ "Canada vs Italy - 2014-03-07". Canada Soccer Association. 
  14. ^ "Canada vs Republic of Ireland - 2014-03-12". Canada Soccer Association. 

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