Canada have qualified for the Concacaf Semifinals after back-to-back victories in the group phase at the 2023 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship. With six points each, Canada and USA lead Group A standings undefeated and have both advanced to the next round following Sunday’s combined wins of Canada 5:0 over Panama and USA 4:0 over Jamaica.
“These three points were very important as it gives us another opportunity to keep going for the FIFA U-20 World Cup,” said Cindy Tye, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-20 Coach. “We have a very talented group here and we can use our players in many facets as we look towards the USA on Tuesday and then the next round. We’re going at it one step at a time and this next match will be a great opportunity to test these players.”
In Canada’s Sunday win, Zoe Markesini scored the opener, a Panama own goal doubled the lead, Olivia Smith scored a goal in each half, and Amanda Allen scored the last goal. Goalkeeper Faith Fenwick and her backline posted the clean sheet.
MATCH CENTRE & MATCH REPORT CANADA SOCCER :
CAN 5 : 0 PAN
2023-05-28 Santo Domingo, DOM
OneSoccer ; Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez, att. 50
Referee / Arbitre : Sandra Benitez (Shirley Perello, Santa Medina, Marianela Araya)
Goals / Buts
CAN 22′ Zoe Markesini (head / tête) 1-0 (a.Renee Watson)
CAN 25′ OG Alejandra Garay 2-0
CAN 29′ Olivia Smith (left foot / pied gauche) 3-0 (a.Kayla Briggs)
CAN 41′ Olivia Smith (left foot / pied gauche) 4-0 (a.Nyah Rose)
CAN 51′ Amanda Allen (left foot / pied gauche) 5-0 (a.Nyah Rose)
CANADA – 20 GK Faith Fenwick, 19 Jadea Collin, 5 Clare Logan, 4 Zoe Markesini, 16 Renee Watson, 18 Jeneva Hernandez Gray (13 Florianne Jourde 60′), 6 Thaea Mouratidis (8 Ella McBride HT), 7 Amanda Allen (11 Rosa Maalouf 60′), 17 Kayla Briggs, 10 Olivia Smith capt. (15 Jaime Perrault HT), 12 Nyah Rose (9 Annabelle Chukwu 78′). Coach / Entraîneure Cindy Tye. Unused substitutes / substituts non utilisés : 1 GK Coralie Lallier, 21 GK Noelle Henning; 2 Mya Archibald, 3 Ella Ottey, 14 Sophie Murdock.
Group A / Groupe A
6 pts (+10) | USA
6 pts (+ 9) | Canada
0 pts (- 8) | Jamaica
0 pts (-11) | Panama
Performance Player of the Match / Performance Joueuse du match:
Canada are Olympic champions (Tokyo in 2021), two-time bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016), and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth 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 eight editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all seven editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).
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