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Penn State Women’s Soccer Alum Erin McLeod Wins Gold With Canada

Another Penn Stater won a medal in Tokyo on Friday morning.

Former Nittany Lions star Erin McLeod helped Canada’s national team defeated Sweden on penalty kicks 3-2 to claim the nation’s first-ever women’s soccer Olympic championship.

McLeod, now 38, was the third-string goalkeeper for the Canucks and never featured in the tournament. However, her wealth of experience certainly helped penalty-kick hero Stephanie Labbe throughout the month in Japan.

McLeod transferred from SMU to play with the Nittany Lions from 2004-2005, making 45 appearances for Penn State. She impressed enough during her collegiate career to already make noise with her national team, earning her first cap in 2002.

The Alberta native has started in three FIFA Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Games.

United States fans will remember McLeod’s involvement against the Yankees in the London 2012 semifinal round when a referee controversially ruled that McLeod held the ball in her box for more than six seconds, indirectly leading to an equalizing penalty kick for the United States. Canada went on to claim the bronze medal in London, which was McLeod’s only other podium finish to date.

McLeod isn’t the first Penn Stater to claim a medal at this year’s Olympics. David Taylor claimed a gold medal in wrestling, while Joe Kovacs won silver in shot put. Alyssa Naeher and the United States women’s soccer team, whom Canada defeated in the semifinal, won the bronze medal on Thursday morning.

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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