While a majority of the fans on campus watching the Olympic women's soccer match between the United States and Canada were thrilled with the 4-3 victory by the USA in extra time, MU women's soccer player and Laval, Quebec, Canada, native Vanessa Legault-Cordisco didn't take part in the celebration.
Legault-Cordisco, who owns international experience with the senior national team as recently as last year, departs on Wednesday for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. She has practiced or played with just about every member of the current roster. Unfortunately, she was forced to watch Monday afternoon's match with fans of the United States.
"I was so proud of the effort of the team today," Legault-Cordisco said. "It's crazy how much the program has improved in recent years and it's nice to see the tactics we are working on at the U-20 level put into action by the senior team."
Legault-Cordisco was also very impressed with Christine Sinclair's hat trick and leadership.
"I don't think a team could have a better captain," Legault-Cordisco explained. "She put the team on her back and gave it her all. She was amazing today."
While Legault-Cordisco is excited about the opportunity to represent her country on the field, she also has mixed emotions about leaving her MU Family just a week into preseason. She also missed a portion of the 2011 campaign while competing for Canada.
"The timing is especially tough this year because we just started," Legault-Cordisco said. "I am going to miss being with the team and it will be tough coming right back into the season, but it's a great experience and an opportunity I can't pass up."