Valor Christian alum Janine Beckie helps Canada women's soccer reach semifinals at Olympics

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Janine Beckie (16). (Andre Borges/Agência Brasília)

Janine Beckie had a beautiful assist to set up what proved to be the game-winning goal as Canada's women's soccer team reached the semifinal round at the Olympics on Friday.

Beckie, who graduated from Valor Christian in 2012, lofted a cross across the box to teammate Sophie Schmidt, who then volleyed the ball home in the 56th minute to give Canada a 1-0 lead:

The Canadians held on to that lead, and beat France 1-0 in the quarterfinals. They advance to the semifinals next Tuesday to face Germany, a team they beat 2-1 in group play earlier in the Olympics.

Friday's performance was just the latest starring moment for Beckie, who had three goals in two games during group play.

Beckie played at Texas Tech after graduating from Valor Christian.

Another former Colorado high school player joined Beckie in the quarterfinals on Friday. Recent Mountain Vista graduate Mallory Pugh helped the United States to that round, but the U.S. was upset by Sweden in penalty kicks.

Pugh had an outstanding tournament, including a goal against Columbia on Tuesday which made her the youngest American to score.

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Mallory Pugh. (Andre Borges/Agência Brasília)