Desiree Scott makes 'mama' proud in Canada's Olympic soccer win over Germany
CBC News surprises Manitoba-born midfielder's mom with live on-air call from daughter in Rio
When Team Canada women's soccer team eked out a 2-1 win over Germany Tuesday at the Rio Olympics, Manitoba-born Desiree Scott's mother was at the edge of her seat watching every nail-biting moment.
"It was terrific, it was exciting, thrilling and good playing by Canada," Charlene Gusberti said.
Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé fielded a number of shots from Germany's strikers in the final three minutes, which put a tense edge on the remaining moments of play.
"It is exciting to watch that, but I move around, I never sit still. I'm up and down, up and down, one room to the other," Gusberti said.
Canada took bronze four years ago in London, which was an emotional roller-coaster to watch, Gusberti said. You'd think with a win like that, going into the 2016 Games would be less stressful for parents of women on the team watching from home, but Gusberti says it hasn't gotten any easier.
"It's exactly the same," she said. "It's just as nervous as it was then."
Surprise live mom-daughter interview
CBC News interviewed Gusberti live on the radio Tuesday and managed to surprise her with a phone call from her daughter, who was in the middle of a bus ride back to the athletes' village after the game.
"Hey Mom!" Scott said.
"Hi baby! What a game!" a happy, caught-of-guard Gusberti said back. "My goodness, Des, that was great. Tancredi; her goals were fabulous!"
Veteran forward Melissa Tancredi scored both of Canada's goal on the day.
"She was on fire," Scott added.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CanWNT?src=hash">#CanWNT</a> Melissa Tancredi evens the score against <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GER?src=hash">#GER</a>. 1-1 in the 1st half. Watch NOW <a href="https://t.co/TbdPDVWAaK">https://t.co/TbdPDVWAaK</a> <a href="https://t.co/vhoyywFn21">https://t.co/vhoyywFn21</a>—@CBCOlympics
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CanWNT?src=hash">#CanWNT</a> Melissa Tancredi gives <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAN?src=hash">#CAN</a> a 2-1 lead over <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GER?src=hash">#GER</a> in the 2nd half. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> <a href="https://t.co/TbdPDVWAaK">https://t.co/TbdPDVWAaK</a> <a href="https://t.co/UlwbmIrcT0">https://t.co/UlwbmIrcT0</a>—@CBCOlympics
Scott said taking down the No. 2 ranked Germany was a special milestone for the team.
"We know going in that we were going to go for it and we did that," Scott said.
Heading into the sudden elimination round, the stakes are higher than they were against Germany, and Scott said the team won't be resting on its laurels.
"We're not going to be overconfident. Whoever we come to next, it's a knock out round, so they're going to be fighting just as hard," Scott said. "We're going to prep over the next few days and just be ready."
Gusberti had one bit of advice for her daughter heading into the quarter finals.
"Just play like you've been playing," Gusberti said. "Just be the best you can, Des, that's what I tell you before every game. Be you, be happy and have fun."
"Love it. Thanks mama," Scott said.
The team plays its first quarter final game Friday.