Canada Soccer wins Group A with 4:0 victory over Haiti; Advances to Semi-Final at CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship
Canada Soccer – Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-20 team has won Group A at the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship, going undefeated in all three matches after topping Haiti 4:0 in their final group stage fixture on Monday. Over the group stage, Canada has outscored its opponents 11-2 and recorded one clean sheet.
Canada struck early and often with Shana Flynn scoring Canada’s first three goals (5′ 7′ 18′) in the span of 15 minutes. Flynn’s hat-trick was Canada’s second of the tournament as 16-year old Jordyn Huitema also buried three for Canada against Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
A composed Canada continued to dominate the match, culminating in substitute Tanya Boychuk putting Canada up 4:0 in the 82nd minute off a cross from Jayde Riviere, to cap off a outstanding effort at Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.
Canada maintained possession for the majority of the match and created many scoring chances while working the ball around the pitch showing patience and continuing their Canadian attacking style of play seen throughout the group stage.
“This win puts us firmly in the driver’s seat going into the Semi-Final, so we are really happy with the result,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director U15-U23 after the match. “Haiti rested some of their players during the match, so we didn’t get the best Haiti team possible, but it gave us an opportunity to work on some of our on-field connections and I am really happy with the way our team handled ourselves.”
Canada made three subs during the match with Caitlin Shaw coming in for Sarah Stratigakis (46’), Tanya Boychuk coming in for Shana Flynn (57’) and Teni Akindoju replacing Jordyn Huitema (67’).
“We now have three days to get ready for the Semi-Final, so we will be focusing on getting the players rested so they are physically and mentally ready for whoever we face,” said Priestman.
Canada will have to wait until Tuesday evening to find out their opponent for the Semi-Final as Mexico and USA face off to determine the final rankings in Group B. As winners of Group A, Canada will play the runner-up of Group B on Friday, 26 January at 19:00 local (18:00 ET/15:00 PT) available in Canada LIVE via CONCACAF at https://www.youtube.com/concacaf
Canada has advanced to the Semi-Final in every CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship since it’s inception in 2004, with an exception of 2014 when Canada automatically qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as hosts. Canada has won the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship twice before in 2004 and 2008, placed second in 2006, 2012, and 2016; and, placed third in 2010. Canada has qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in every edition.
About Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout each year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team. Major competitions which are viewed as staging posts to assess development, allows for the development of the Women’s EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise, ultimately preparing players for when they do progress up the system.
Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which is delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum year-round through a two tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada’s National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
Canada Soccer’s EXCEL System has already produced eight Women’s National Team players, and Olympic bronze medalists in Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle, three of whom are still eligible for youth competition.
CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship Trinidad & Tobago 2018 – Canada’s Match Schedule (all times local to Trinidad and Tobago in AST).
- Group Stage (Group A):
- Thursday, January 18, 2018, 16:00 Costa Rica 1 v Canada 3
- Saturday, January 20, 2018,18:30 Canada 4 v Trinidad & Tobago 1
- Monday, January 22, 2018, 16:00 Haiti 0 v Canada 4
- Friday, January 26, 2018 – Semifinals:
- 16:00 1B v 2A
- 19:00 1A v 2B
- Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 3rd Place Match and Final:
- 14:00 L13 v L14
- 17:00 W13 v W14
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