Carli Lloyd celebrates scoring a goal against T&T in Olympic qualifying in February. Credit: Gia Quilap.
In the first two matchdays of women’s Olympic soccer, a total of 37 goals were scored by twenty-seven different players. Cristiane added to her Olympic-record goal total, and sbe and Brazilian teammate Marta joined Germany’s Birgit Prinz as the only players to score in four Olympic tournaments. Here’s a look at the all-time scoring leaders for the women’s Olympics, as well as the leaderboard for the 2016 tourney.
Brazil’s Cristiane was already the overall Olympic scoring leader, with 12 goals amassed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 tournaments. She upped that total to 14 with goals against China on Wednesday and Sweden on Saturday. And it’s probably safe to say she’s not done yet.
Before the tournament started, Birgit Prinz was alone in second place behind Cristiane, with 10 goals scored in four tournaments (1996-2008), including four goals in one game in 2004.. After the first two matchdays of 2016, Marta and Christine Sinclair (Canada) have 10 total Olympic goals as well. (Marta is also the all-time leading scorer for the Women’s World Cup.)
Abby Wambach, the retired world record holder for international goals, scored nine of her 184 goals in the Olympics (2004 and 2012). She scored the overtime game-winner in the 2004 gold medal match against Brazil, as well as the crucial penalty-kick equalizer in the 2012 semifinal versus Canada.
Sitting behind Wambach on the list are American Carli Lloyd and the retired Brazilian Pretinha, who both have eight. Carli has scored two goals so far in this tourney, and will equal Wambach’s total with her next one in Olympic play. Lloyd has scored three goals in two Olympic gold medal matches, but is not the first to do so – American Tiffeny Milbrett scored the game-winner in the 1996 final and both USA goals in the 2000 final.
Sweden’s Lotta Schelin increased her Olympic goal total to six in three tournaments, thanks to a late strike against Brazil on Saturday. Four players sit behind Schelin on the all-time Olympic goal list – retired American stars Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett, China’s Sun Wen (retired) and Canada’s Melissa Tancredi, who’s playing in this tourney.
Here’s the list of all Olympic scorers with four goals or more through August 6, 2016. Names in bold blue indicate players active in the 2016 event.
Here’s the leaderboard for the 2016 tournament, updated through Saturday’s group stage games. Canada’s Janine Beckie is on top of the table with three goals, including the fastest goal scored in Olympic history (19 seconds vs. Australia). Note that own goals are not listed. And in case you’re wondering, 10 goals have been scored by current NWSL players so far.