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Canada reach Quarter-finals at Uruguay 2018 after 2:0 win over Korea Republic

Posted on 17 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team remain undefeated after two matches at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Canada defeated Korea Republic 2:0 in their second group stage match at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo to move into first place in Group D with Spain and Colombia playing later today.


“We played a very strong South Korean team and I think we saw that in the first 45 minutes. They definitely were pinning us back in our half in the first half,” said Head Coach Rhian Wilkinson. “This is a team I’m so proud to be the coach of, obviously there was a red card but they also turned the game around and showed who they really were; resilient. Fantastic team performance today.”
 
Jordyn Huitema’s 59’ minute goal put Canada ahead 1:0. After a corner, Huitema’s volley of the deflected ball arced over the head of Korean GK Jiyeon Kang. However, Huitema saw a red card less than 10 minutes later after a mid-air challenge and Canada were down to 10 players. Canada stepped up and controlled much of the play despite being down a player.
 
Lara Kazandjian got Canada’s insurance goal in the 74’ when her 20 yard blast after some high Canadian pressure won the ball also went over the head of Kang.
 
“It’s always an honour to represent Canada,” said Kazandjian, who was named player of the match. “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I did today without the team’s belief and they were really strong physically and emotionally.”

 
Sitting atop Group D after today’s win, Canada advanced out of the group stage and into the Quarter-finals set for November 24th or 25th.  

 
Canada’s third and final group stage match is against Spain on TSN5 and RDS2 Wednesday, 21 November at 14:00 local (12:00 ET/09:00 PT) at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo.
 
Canada’s second FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 match starting XI featured Anna Karpenko in net, Léonie Portelance at left-back, Maya Antoine and Jade Rose at centre-back, and Jayde Riviere at right-back. Lara Kazandjian, Sonia Walk, and Caitlin Shaw made up the midfield.  Kaila Novak, Captain Jordyn Huitema and Serita Thurton formed the frontline.
 
In the second half Wilkinson replaced Walk with Wayny Balata and Thurton for Andersen Williams (46’), and Kazandjian with Jessica De Filippo (83’).

 
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

  • The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
  • The tournament's four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
  • A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018.
  • Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and the tournament's most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016).  Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world's top U-17 women's team.   Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016.  
  • Spain, whom Canada will play in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016.
  • A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup since it started in 2008.

 
Background – Canada Soccer Women's U-17 National Team

  • Canada Soccer's Roster for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018: https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-selects-21-young-players-for-fifa-u-17-women-s-world-cup-uruguay-2018-p161906
  • The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 is Canada's sixth appearance in the penultimate competition for players born before 2004. Canada's has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament reaching its highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012.  Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016, with a historical total of six wins, six draws and six losses.
  • Canadians have registered 14 goals at the competition, with Marie Levasseur topping the goal-scoring list with four in 2014.
  • Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 by capturing third place at the Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship earlier this year.
  • Canada has twice before placed third in the Concacaf qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 and Grenada 2016.  Canada won the qualifier in Costa Rica 2010 and placed second in both Jamaica 2013 and Grenada 2016.  In total, Canada has 17 wins, two draws and six losses in qualification campaigns for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups.

Following Canada's successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA women's youth tournament, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, FIFA began making plans to hold both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to match the youth competition format for men.  Notably, Canada Soccer Women's National Team Captain Christine Sinclair won the golden boot for most goals at the 2002 tournament as Canada placed runners-up to the USA and launching a rivalry that thrives today.

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