Inspired by events back home at FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Canada’s U15’s advanced to the semi final of the CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship with a 8:1 victory over Costa Rica.
By the end of the 70-minute match Canada averaged a goal nearly every nine minutes, in what was the Team’s best performance, thus far, in the tournament.
“In the group stages I knew these players had more in them,” said Head Coach Bev Priestman, who told the players to take inspiration from the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. “I told them to go out there and trust that the system is waiting– because they can be the next Jessie Flemming or Sura Yekka.
“These players want to do their country proud, and that’s what they did, said Priestman. “They’ve taken on massive amounts of information in a short amount of time, in very difficult conditions, and this game was just a pleasure to watch, especially the second half [where Canada scored five goals and Costa Rica barely touched the ball].”
After a shaky first few minutes, with both sides exchanging goals, Canada sprung to life, running Costa Rica around the pitch with its ball possession and ruthless finishing. It was a memorable performance that speaks well for the future of Canadian soccer.
The Team will now meet Trinidad and Tobago in the semi final. “Once again, we’ll need to show our quality,” said Priestman. “In fact, we’ll have to go to a higher level, because as we go deeper in the tournament the team’s will only get better.”
The match takes place Friday 15 Aug at 17:30 (local) / 18:30 ET / 15:30 PT.