When Julia Grosso’s foot touched the soccer ball on the television screen, dozens of young soccer players grabbed hands at a restaurant in Nova Scotia and began to cheer.

Then the ball sailed into the net and the girls – all soccer players themselves and decorated in red and white – broke out.

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The cheers echoed off the walls of the Palladium restaurant in Cole Harbor, NS as the Canadian women won Olympic gold on Friday after an exciting shootout with Sweden.

The fans are members of United Dartmouth Football Club, also known as Dartmouth DFC, and one of their leaders believes that this gold will generate great interest in the sport.

United DFC Vice President Susan Steele began following the Canadian team before it was televised nationwide.

“Today we’ve made a special point of coming together because it’s a moment of life,” said Steele.

ÔÇťAbout nine years ago when we won the bronze medal, everything exploded and women’s football has been growing ever since. This game is the culmination of all of those experiences, but it’s also the next step and I’m so looking forward to the future. “

Steele is convinced that this could be the trigger to finally found a professional women’s team or league in Canada.

The opportunity to do so is a dream for Keira Lee. The 14-year-old has been playing soccer for almost her entire life.

“It means a lot to all of the young girls who play soccer because it shows that if you work hard you can do it and actually go for gold,” said Lee.

“A couple of my friends who aren’t even playing soccer right now are watching this game because it means a lot to girls and the sport in general.”

Steele says that over the years it has grown not only in the number of players but also in the number of referees and coaches.

“We have shown how interested people are in women’s football and it really deserves to be recognized on the national stage.”

Lee says if that gold translates into more opportunities, she wants to be a part of it. “I’ll just keep working as hard as possible and hopefully get invited to some national camps.”