Women's Soccer News

Huge Victory for Canada’s Women’s Soccer Team

July 10 Women's Soccer

Representing Ravens: Rachel Bedek and Veronica Mazzella

Date Time Event Results
05-Jul-13 11:00 MEX vs CAN LOSE 3-2
07-Jul-13 17:00 CAN vs IRL LOSE 1-0
09-Jul-13 17:00 CHN vs CAN WIN 4-0

Heather Lund of Red Deer, Alta., had a big day as Canada rolled to a 4-0 victory over China in their final match of the women’s soccer preliminary round. Lund scored two goals and added an assist as Canada improved their record to (1-2-0). However, the squad’s earlier losses left them short of the point total needed to advance to the quarter-finals.

“Today our main goal was to get bodies into the box, get behind the defence and get shots on net,” explained Lund.  “We have confidence going forward that we can be a high-scoring team. We knew that the first five, ten minutes we had to give it all we had and pressure them.”

Lund, a University of Alberta student, set up the game’s opening goal just two minutes into the contest. The 2011 CIS first team all-star dribbled through the left side of the defence and was able to slide the ball through to Winnipeg native Jackie Tessier (Queen’s) on the doorstep of the open goal. The goal was Tessier’s second of the tournament.

The lead was increased to 2-0 at the 22-minute mark when a Chinese player was called for a hand ball inside the box and Lund buried the penalty shot. The same scenario would play out at minute-88, as Lund scored the fourth goal of the game from the penalty spot due to a handball in the box.

Canada’s third goal was scored as an own goal by China’s Lingyi Li, who slid into her keeper in an attempt to break up a pass from Julia Ignacio to Meaghan Cormier in front of the net.

Maple Ridge, B.C., native Kelly Cook (UBC) wore the captain’s arm band in the game and led an aggressive defensive unit which limited China to just five shots.

“We feel that we’re finally getting organized as a group,” said Cook, who was directing traffic throughout the match.  “In the last game, [head coach Liz Jepsen] said if we get a chance to keep the ball that’s when we’re going to be successful.  We really have brought the ball down, and that’s what’s getting us going.”

“As a unit they really committed to stopping every chance,” affirmed Jepsen. “The team is proud to represent Canada and they understood that this was their chance to move forward. Before the game you could see in Kelly Cook’s eyes how badly she wanted to do the best she could for her country.”

Canada will continue play on the consolation side of the bracket, starting on Thursday, and can no longer hope to finish higher than ninth.

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