The road wasn’t easy: a tough draw versus Germany, a hard-fought draw against Korea DPR and then a nerve-wracking victory versus Ghana. And now, Canada is in the U-17 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. Even more impressive is that fact Canada was down to 10 players for much of the second half against Ghana, but that didn’t matter. They forged ahead and showed their resilience.
When Canada opened the tournament against Germany, they went into the second half with a 2-0 lead, only to have the Germans claw back and tie the game. That was a lesson learned for Bev Priestman’s squad, because it didn’t happen against Ghana. Canada played hard and with their hearts. They put their bodies on the line to prevent their opponents from tying up the match late. Keep in mind, Ghana had nothing to lose by pushing hard, because they had already qualified for the quarterfinals.
Canada has twice qualified for the knockout stages at the U-17 Women’s World Cup: 2008 with a 3-1 loss to Germany and 2012 with a 2-1 loss to Korea DPR.
The red and white will now face Venezuela on March 27th. The two sides have never met.
– Marie Levasseur is currently part of a four-way tie for the Golden Boot with three goals.
– Canada is fourth overall in goals for.
– Ghana had 12 shots on goal and had 6 corner kicks, but the Canadian team was equal to the task when it came to defending.
– Canada v Ghana photo gallery
– Canada v Ghana video highlights
About the author:
Sandra Prusina is a journalist and broadcaster based out of Calgary, Canada. She has covered women’s soccer since 2010. She’s also a segment reporter for Olympic Broadcast Services, traveling to Vancouver, London and Sochi to work for the host broadcaster.