An opening match loss to Ghana at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 has meant an early test of the young Canadians’ character, determination and focus.
But on the eve of their second game in Group A action, the players were relaxed and put in a training session that covered a lot what they felt was lacking on Tuesday.
“I think we’ve built the culture that we’re onto the next task and win or lose that first match,” said Head Coach Andrew Olivieri who wants his team to start Friday the way they finished Tuesday, and hopefully add a goal or two in the process.
“We’re ready for the next step which is Finland and the focus has been completely there since the whistle last match.”
After Thursday’s session, the players were pleased with their preparations and were clear in their roles and expectations for what many are dubbing a must win game.
Canada will be up against a Finnish team that is in a similar position as the Finns went down to a 2:1 loss to Korea DPR on Tuesday. Both sides will be craving a win to get off the mark.
Anything other than a win and qualification becomes that much tougher so Canada is taking the task at hand very seriously and know Finland will provide an stern challenge.
“(Finland) is a tough, resilient team. They’ve had good results in qualifying. Just getting out of Europe shows that they have that quality,” said Olivieri. “In qualifying, they drew Germany so we know we’re in for a tough battle.”
After playing Friday night, Canada will make the trip up to Montreal on Saturday in advance of their final match of the group stage when they take on Korea DPR on Tuesday 12 August.