Edinburgh, Scotland, July 30, 2015 – Team Canada wrapped up Pool Play with a 4-1 record placing them at second seed in the competitive Pool ‘A’ division; a spot that had them playing host nation and 7th seeded Scotland in their quarterfinal game on Thursday.
Yesterday the red and whites emerged onto the field looking strong, poised and ready to take on the host nation and earn their place in the 2015 FIL Rathbones Women’s U19 World Championship semi-final. Canada game out strong in the first half of their quarterfinal game against Scotland demonstrating their offensive depth with nine Canadians finding the back of the net off of strong possessions, great passes and solid shots. Team Canada continued to dominate the ball possession in the second half tallying five more goals by the sound of the final whistle with a final score of 18-0.
In total, eleven Canadians scored: Erica Evans (3g, 1a), Kennedy Milburn (3g), Holly Lloyd (2g, 5a), Selena Lasota (1g, 3a),Brenna Shanahan (1g, 1a), Danita Stroup (1g, 1a), Lydia Sutton (1g), Kenzie Neal (1g), Tessa Chad (1g), Megan Kinna (1g), and Emily Gillingham (1g). Eleven different players scoring during the Scotland contest is a testament to how the team is working together and Head Coach, Scott Teeter likes what he’s seen so far. “I think we are finally gelling as a team. The players understand the offensive and defensive systems; we have entered the tweaking or fine tuning stage which is a fantastic spot to be at. As a staff we have said all along that we want to keep getting better every day — and we have done that so far. I am excited to see how high this team can raise the bar; I have been quite impressed.”
With the first game of the Championship bracket behind them Canada looks onto the next game where they face long-time challenger Australia, who beat Japan 13-4 in their quarter-final game. This will be the second time this tournament that Australia and Canada meet. Earlier in round-robin action the two faced off and treated fans to a double OT, sudden victory contest with Canada emerging victorious 9-8. “We need to focus on ourselves and stick to the game plan,” add Teeter regarding their semi-final match up. “Early on in the tournament when we stuck to the plan things looked great, however when we lost our focus we allowed our opponents to get back into the game. Our coaching staff has done their job on scouting and putting the plan together. All that is left is going out there and execute it for an entire 60 minutes. I really like where we stand right now.”
Canada midfielder and play-maker Selena Lasota agrees with coach Teeter. “The focus for us is to play our game and not to worry about the opponent. At this level we know that all the teams are great; we just need to play our game to have the match go the way that we want. I think that our team has played great so far but I think that the best is yet to come. ” Lydia Sutton, Canada’s two-time double OT hero and veteran has been in a very similar situation only two years ago, where as a member of the 2013 Senior Women’s national squad she faced Australia in semi-final action (Team Canada went on to defeat Australia advancing them to the finals). “We have yet to show everything that we are and can be; from our first game against USA to now we have grown as a squad tremendously.Our focus is on playing a full 60 minutes against Australia — possessions, draws and ground balls are key — we know we have the ability to win and we will go 100% all out to