Canada opens Papua New Guinea journey with three points

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Canada has opened the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship with three points from a 2:0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. ‎CONCACAF player-of-the-match Sarah Kinzner and second-half sub Martina Loncar were the goalscorers in the win.

Canada will next face Jamaica on the second match day, scheduled for Saturday 5 December again at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The Saturday match kicks off at 15.00 local, with live in-game updates available via Twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN (16.00 ET / 13.00 PT) and CONCACAF.com.

Thursday was the first of hopefully five matches at the eight-team CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship.‎ The top-three nations in the competition will qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016.

After the first day, Canada stands in first place in Group A with three points and +2 goal difference. Jamaica and host Honduras are tied for second place with one point apiece (following a 2:2 draw) while Trinidad and Tobago are in last place following their defeat (no points, -2 goal difference).

Canada knows that this competition serves as an opportunity for their young players to gain tournament expertise. It provides the young players a chance to step in and learn at the international level.

“Our team featured six international debuts today,” said Canada’s national EXCEL U-23 director and U-20 coach Daniel Worthington. “We are here at this tournament to learn (and) there were some key tournament learning experiences in the match.”

The six players who made their youth tournament debuts were Alex Lamontagne, Martina Loncar, Ashley Moreira, Taylor Pryce, Marike Saint-Pierre-Mousset, and Camilla Shymka.

Canada are four-time CONCACAF women’s youth champions, twice at the U-20 level and once each at the U-17 and U-15 levels. Canada have participated in six of seven FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups since the biennial tournament was initiated in 2002, including a silver medal at the inaugural edition on home.

Between 2014 and 2015, Canada were the only nation in the world to finish top-8 in three FIFA women’s competitions: sixth place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, sixth place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014, and eighth place at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014.

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