TOKYO — Two days before the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, competition began in soccer and softball, the latter returning for the first time since 2008.
Former Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo allowed two runs in the first inning at Fukushima Azuma Stadium in Mexico’s 4-0 loss to Canada.
Canadian pitcher Sara Groenewegen threw a no-hitter for four innings before leaving with a four-run lead, replaced by Jenna Caira then Danielle Lawrie.
Mexico finished with two hits, neither by former ASU players Chelsea Gonzales or Sashel Palacios. Taylor McQuillin, out of UA, pitched after Escobedo for 1 2/3 innings.
The U.S. softball team shut out Italy 2-0 and Japan won 8-1 over Australia. UA’s Giulia Koutsoyanopulos went 0-of-2, both strikeouts, for Italy, which managed just one hit in six innings off Cat Osterman. Monica Abbott pitched the seventh for the U.S.
Dejah Mulipola, who just finished her UA career, did not play for the U.S.
On Thursday, the U.S. plays Canada followed by Mexico vs. Japan and Italy vs. Australia.
Arizona native Julie Ertz sat out the first half of the U.S. soccer team’s loss to Sweden on Wednesday in its Olympic opener.
Midfielder Ertz had been recovering from a knee injury. She played all of the second half after Sweden led 1-0 at halftime.
The Americans lost for a second straight Olympics to Sweden, falling in the quarterfinals at Rio in 2016. They next play New Zealand on Wednesday.
It was the first loss for the U.S. national team since January 2019, ending a 44-match unbeaten streak.
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