Canada secures spot in Concacaf semis with 2:1 win over Costa Rica
Posted on 6 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada picked up another three points with a 2:1 win over Costa Rica at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship. Andersen Williams scored a brace with a goal in each half to lead Canada to victory in Bradenton, FL, USA. Along with USA's victory over Bermuda, both Canada and USA have secured their spots in the Sunday 10 June Concacaf semi-finals.
Before the semi-finals, Canada will face USA on Friday 8 June in the group finale, with the match broadcast live via Youtube.com/concacaf (17.00 local / 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT). In addition, exclusive behind-the scenes content and post-match commentary are available on Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
“We are really pleased to get three points,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Director U-15 to U-23. “We played some very good possession football and we won our way. Ultimately we grounded out the result and showed resilience.”
Andersen Williams scored the opening goal in the 18th minute after she shot it past the Costa Rica goalkeeper. The team had 11 touches on the ball before Jade Rose fired the ball forward. With Jordyn Huitema dangerously attacking the goal area, the ball dropped to Williams who knocked it into net.
Williams then made it 2-0 in the 50th minute after a long goal kick forward by Canadian goalkeeper Anna Karpenko. The ball hit the Costa Rica defender into the path of Williams who sped forward with four touches before firing her low shot past the goalkeeper into the opposite corner.
Canada now have six points in Group B, having already earned a 3:0 win over Bermuda back on 20 April. Mexico and Haiti will both advance to the semifinals from Group A. Three of the remaining teams will qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.
The Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship provides Canada’s young players with invaluable tournament experience as well as an opportunity to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.
“Our ultimate goal will be to get to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup,” said Priestman. “We knew if we got the three points today, it would put us in the driver’s seat to prepare for the qualifying matches (starting Sunday). We are focused on what we want to do.”
CANADA SOCCER’S WOMEN’S EXCEL PROGRAM
Canada Soccer’s Women’s 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 Soccer’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 Soccer’s EXCEL players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec from the smaller provincial-licensed centres.
Since 2002, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams have won four Concacaf titles: the 2004 and 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all five editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.