Lots to look forward to for Canada W17 despite loss to Venezuela
Posted on 27 March 2014 in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
In their three previous games at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014, Canada’s Women’s U-17 Team had gotten through challenges from European, Asian, and African countries unbeaten.
But on Thursday at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, they couldn’t get through a quick Venezuelan team in bowing out of the tournament at the quarterfinal stage with a 3:2 loss.
Canadian staff had done their homework and knew that Venezuela didn’t dominate in possession, rather relying on making the most of their chances with the ball. And that’s exactly what happened as Canada controlled much of the game with 59% possession but couldn’t get the scoring they needed.
“If we look at what this is about, it’s about the future and I think these girls have really paved a way for the expectation of how under-17 players should come through and move up our system,” said Head Coach Bev Priestman. “It’s exciting to know that this can be achieved through the Canadian system.”
With so much on the horizon for Canadian women’s soccer, the sadness of this elimination is tempered by the fact that there are so many more opportunities ahead for a team that had really come together as a team and a Canadian soccer family.
Some of the players will be involved this summer at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and even others may be involved at home again in 2015 when the biggest women’s tournament in the world comes to Canada.
But with four players who could be eligible at the U-17 level in two years and an eye-catching brand of football that won over many neutrals, it’s an exciting time to be a Canadian soccer fan.
“That’s the exciting thing,” said Priestman. “This system, in terms of true alignment, is only just starting. We’ve achieved some big milestones that maybe might take a few years to achieve for many countries but for me, Canada has a real exciting future.”
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