It was high drama at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields on the campus of the University of Toronto on Sunday as Sam Charron scored a late goal to give Canada’s Para Team a massive 2:1 victory over the United States.
Charron’s goal, his tenth career goal for Canada, that came in the 54th minute of the 60-minute game, broke a deadlock that had stood since the 15th minute and gave Canada their first win in their second game at the 2015 Parapan Am Games.
It was Charron’s second goal of the tournament after he scored Canada’s only goal in a 3:1 loss to Argentina on Saturday. Trevor Stiles scored Canada’s first goal on Sunday.
The goal capped off a day for the influential Charron, as he also had a hand in Canada’s first goal of the game that got Canada level after Seth Jahn had given the Americans the lead in the 11th minute.
Four minutes after Canada went down a goal, Charron led an attack down the middle of the field before swinging the ball out to Stiles on the left side. Stiles corralled the ball and came in from a tight angle before smashing a hard shot past American goalkeeper Marthell Vazquez.
The game looked destined for a draw but Charron scored when it mattered most, giving the Americans little time to look for an equalizer and the players knew the importance of that result when they celebrated over with the red and white clad supporters who took in the game.
The win is massive for Canada as it levels their record at 1-1 in the tournament and keeps them in the running for the one spot available for the 2016 Paralympics. Canada has to win the tournament if they want to qualify.
Canada has two days off before getting back to action on Wednesdaywhen they take on Brazil, the top-ranked team in the competition.