GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Laura Georges of France battles with Tobin Heath of USA during the Women's Football first round Group G Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between United States and France, at Hampden Park on July 25, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
Boston College's lone Olympian, Laura Georges, is still in the hunt for a medal in London.
The French women's
soccer football* team scored their only goal in the fifth minute and held on to defeat Colombia 1-0 in the final preliminary round game of the 2012 Olympic women's tournament. With the win, France finishes second in Group G behind the United States and advances to the quarterfinals where they will face Group F winner Sweden.
Earlier in the tournament, Sweden defeated South Africa 4-1 in the opener and managed two draws against Japan (0-0) and Canada (2-2) to take Group F with five points. Sweden won the Group over Japan on goal differential, +3 to +1.
France-Sweden is a rematch of last year's World Cup third-place match, which Sweden won 2-1.
The good news is, should the French advance to the semifinals, they would avoid playing the U.S. until the medal round. France would face the winner of Group E runner up Brazil and Group F runner up Japan. Georges and the French team, participating in their first Olympic women's soccer tournament, are two wins away from medaling out in London.
2012 Olympic Women's Football Tournament Quarterfinals
(F1) Sweden vs. (G2) France -- August 3, Noon, Hampden Park, Glasgow
(E2) Brazil vs. (F2) Japan - August 3, 5 PM, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
(E1) Great Britain vs. (F3) Canada - August 3, 7:30 PM, City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
(G1) United States vs. (E3) New Zealand - August 3, 2:30 PM, St. James' Park, Newcastle
* "Soccer? No, sorry, that's what a--holes call it." - El Cuñado