Coming off of their game against Germany on Saturday, Australia goes up against the underdog of the sport in the 2016 Olympics, Zimbabwe.
This should be an easy win for the Matildas, but only if they are not overly confident in themselves, and relax thinking that their opponent is no competition for them. They qualified for the Olympics because they are good enough to be there, and Australia should continue the level of play that they had on Saturday, not relax.
This Olympics has proved historical for Zimbabwe soccer teams. This is the first time that any soccer team in Zimbabwe, women's or men's, has qualified for not only the Olympics, but for a major international tournament. With all of the hardship going on in Zimbabwe at the moment, both financial and social, the team, known as the Mighty Warriors, gives the country something to cheer for and raises morale just a little bit with their Olympic appearance.
Australia is looking to come in third place in group F, win, lose or draw. But, that doesn't mean they head to the quarter finals. Even if Germany loses and Australia beats them in points, goal differentials could decide who goes. Considering only two third place teams advance to the quarter finals, it will all depend on their performance against Zimbabwe, Germany's performance against Canada, and how the teams in the other two groups in the games preform.
The Australian Women's National Team takes on Zimbabwe on Tuesday, August 9 at 3 p.m. EST. The game will not be televised in the U.S. but will be streamed live online at nbcolympics.com.
Australia Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Lydia Williams (Houston Dash/Canberra United), Mackenzie Arnold (Perth Glory)
DEFENDERS: Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Laura Alleway (Orlando Pride/Melbourne City), Alanna Kennedy (Western New York Flash/Sydney FC), Stephanie Catley (Orlando Pride/Melbourne City), Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS: Elise Kellond-Knight (Potsdam Turbine), Emily van Egmond (FFC Frankfurt), Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar), Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory), Chloe Logarzo (Eskilstuna United/Newcastle Jets)
HEAD COACH: Alen Stajcic
Zimbabwe Women's National Team Roster
Chido Dzingirai, Daisy Kaitano, Danai Bhobho, Emmaculate Msipa, Erina Jeke, Eunice Chibanda, Felistas Muzongondi, Kudakwashe Basopo, Lindiwe Magwede, Lynett Mutokuto, Marjory Nyaumwe, Mavis Chirandu, Nobhule Majika, Nobukhosi Palma Ncube, Rejoice Kapfumvuti, Rudo Neshamba, Rutendo Makore, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Samkelisiwe Zulu, Shelia Makoto, Talent Mandaza, Vanessa Lunga