Canada shows strong first half performance but comes up short against number one ranked Americans
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, July 24, 2015 – The 2015 FIL Rathbones Women’s U19 World Championships opened yesterday in Edinburgh, Scotland at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill Playing Fields. Team Canada’s first contest would not come easy as they matched up against the reigning world champs, United States. Although the Canadians had a strong performance in the first half which saw the two teams tied 7-7, the momentum shifted as the Americans finished off with a strong second half performance with an ultimate 15-9 victory.
The first eight minutes of the match saw Canada dominating play with three quick goals. Canada’s Lydia Sutton (1g) opening the scoring off an assist from Erica Evans giving Team Canada the early lead. Peterborough, Ontario native and Canisius College midfielder Evans followed her assist with two of the three goals she would net in the game. An attempt to calm the Canadian onslaught in the form of a timeout was successful, as the States stormed back with two quick goals thereafter. The Canadians held their ground responding with a pair of goals coming from Holly Lloyd (1g) and Kennedy Milburn (2g) giving Canada a 5-2 lead ten minutes into the half. Penalties became a factor in the game as the United States took advantage of a personal misconduct by Team Canada’s Selena Lasota (Campbell River, BC) which began a four goal run for the Americans. In an effort to stop the offensive momentum of the Americans, Team Canada switched to a zone defense which caused confusion for their opponents and halted the scoring blitz. Canada added two more goals, when Evans netted her third of the game and Emily Callingham (1g) added a single, while the Americans added another ending the half in 7-7 tie.
The second half began with another personal misconduct for Canada as Lasota (3a) received a second warning card. To follow, Canada played short one player for the next five minutes. The United States took advantage of this as Miranda Ibello and Brindi Griffin added a goal each to make the score 9-7, giving Team USA their first lead of the game. With a couple tremendous saves in a row, Canadian goalie Kameron Halsall helped to end the pressure, but the offense of the Americans did not stop there. T he absence of Lasota proved to be costly for Canada as the US went on to score six more in the half to bring their goal total to fifteen. An attempt at a comeback by Canada which included a fantastic goal of off a screen by Megan Kinna (1g) and a late goal by Kennedy Milburn (her second of the game), was not enough as the United States were victorious by a score of 15-9.
Canada looks on to their next game where they face another tough matchup against the reigning silver-medalists from Australia. The game takes place July 24 at 7:30pm BST (local time) [2:30pm EDT / 12:30pm PST].