Team Canada recap & results: Day 1 (July 5)


Michel Belanger

July 5, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (CIS) – Canada had limited success on Friday as the 27th Summer Universiade got under way in Kazan, Russia.

The Canadians were in action in three team sports and came away with a 2-2 draw against France in men’s soccer, a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Mexico in women’s soccer and a 23-4 defeat at the hands of host Russia in men’s water polo.

In synchronized swimming, a discipline making its Universiade debut in 2013, Samantha Nealon of Morriston, Ont., scored 82.100 in her free technical solo routine, a total good for sixth place and a spot in Tuesday’s final.

In diving, Cody Yano of Edmonton placed 16th in the preliminary round of the three-metre springboard with 345.45 points and moves to Sunday’s semifinals.

In badminton, the Canucks were relegated to the consolation side of the draw in the team competition after finishing third in its pool. The red and white lost 5-0 to Russia and 3-2 to Poland, before sweeping Sri Lanka 5-0.

Down 2-0 after 25 minutes of play, the men’s soccer squad mounted a successful comeback thanks to goals by Dylan Bams of Fanny Bay, B.C., at the 26-minute mark and captain Robbie Murphy of Ottawa in the 77th.

Bams, a midfielder from the University of Toronto, potted in a rebound moments after France’s second goal, while Murphy, a striker from the University of Guelph, scored the equalizer on a low shot from the penalty spot.

“The guys played well. To come from behind like that was quite a challenge, especially in a tournament of this level, said head coach Pat Raimondo from the University of Montreal. They were nervous at the start but they settled down nicely in the second half. They played at the level we expect of them after the break.”

Next up for Canada is a tilt against Peru (0-1) Monday at noon ET (8 p.m. Kazan).

In women’s soccer, the Canadians also erased a 2-0 deficit, only to see Mexico come back with a third and decisive goal – on a penalty – with seven minutes left in regulation.

Team captain Natalie Boyd of Surrey, B.C., and Winnipeg native Jackie Tessier scored for Canada in the 57th and 65th minute, respectively. Boyd, a midfielder from Trinity Western University, tallied from the penalty spot, while Tessier, a striker from Queen’s University tied the affair at 2-2 on a header.

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“As we become more finely tuned in our midfield we will take away some of that penetration and those shot opportunities,” said sideline boss Liz Jepsen from the University of Alberta. “I was pleased that we did manage to settle down and respond.”

Canada resumes pool play versus Ireland (0-0-1) Sunday at 9 a.m. ET (5 p.m. Kazan).



Team Competition

Canada loses 5-0 to Russia, loses 3-2 to Poland, wins 5-0 over Sri Lanka. Finishes third in its pool and moves to consolation draw on Saturday.


Men’s 3m springboard

Preliminaries: 16. Cody Yano, Edmonton, Alta., 345.45. Advances to semifinals on Sunday.


Canada (0-1) loses 3-2 to Mexico (1-0) in first Pool B match, will face Ireland (0-0-1) Sunday at 9 a.m. ET (5 p.m. Kazan).


Canada (0-0-1) ties France (0-0-1) 2-2 in first Pool D match, will face Peru (0-1) Monday at noon ET (8 p.m. Kazan).


Free Technical Solo

Preliminaries: 6. Samantha Nealon, Morriston, Ont., 82.100. Advances to final on Tuesday.


Canada (0-1) loses 23-4 to Russia (1-0) in first Pool A match, will face Japan (1-0) Sunday at 9 a.m. ET (5 p.m. Kazan).