The Olyroos’ Olympic journey has come to an end at the group stages, after a 2-0 defeat to Egypt consigned Graham Arnold’s side to fourth place in Group C.
The side had previously got off to a tremendous start with a 2-0 victory over Argentina in the opening game before losing 1-0 to Spain in the second fixture.
Lachie Wales was heavily involved all tournament, scoring the Olyroos’ opening goal in the win over Argentina with a well-placed finish from close range.
Wales was initially selected as a train-on player, but made good on his chance with the full squad and earned himself a start against Spain in the second match, playing just over an hour before being taken off in a defensive change.
Wales made it three starts from three in the final clash against Egypt, with the Olyroos needing a positive result to secure qualification.
This time he was joined in the starting line up by Dylan Pierias, who had been made to watch all of the previous action from the bench.
The Olyroos went behind just before half-time and Pierias was substituted at the break in a double change which prompted a chance of tact from the team.
Wales was replaced in the 63rd minute by defender Jay Rich-Baghuelou who played the final half hour at centre forward due to his height and physical stature.
Both players will return home for some much-needed rest before joining up with their Western United teammates for pre-season training under new head coach John Aloisi.
The club congratulates both players on exceptional seasons that got them to this point and is remarkably proud of their achievements.