Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team defeated Colombia 3-0 in the opening match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. Jordyn Huitema’s 77’ minute goal earned Canada three points in Group D. Spain also earned three points in their opening match of Group D action with a 4-0 victory over Korea Republic.
“Any FIFA World Cup match, a first one specifically, you’re going to see some nerves and some anxiety just to get the tournament going,” said Canada Soccer’s U-17 Women’s Head Coach Rhian Wilkinson “We definitely started slower than we’d like but they built into the game and the confidence kept going. I was really proud of the girls.”
After dominating possession in the first half, a Caitlin Shaw corner headed home by Huitema at the back post midway through the second half put Canada in front. Andersen Williams added a second after a poor clearance attempt by Colombia allowed her to tap home in the 88’.
Williams’ substitute Jessica De Fillipo added a third just a minute after coming on in injury time bringing a Julianne Vallerand cross down in the box, then twisting and turning to make space for herself and bury the ball.
“The build-up was incredible, and the corner was drawn from an amazing play and opportunity,” said Huitema of the opening goal. “Shaw put in a great ball and I just had to get on the end of it.”
Colombia went down to 10 players after a second yellow card in the 70’ to Andrea Perez.
Wilkinson replaced Akindoju with Kaila Novak in the 59’, Balata with Sonia Wall in the 74’, and Williams with Jessica De Filippo in the 90’.
Canada’s second group stage match will take place on 17 November at 16:00 local (14:00 ET/11:00 PT) against Korea Republic who will be looking to rebound from their opening match loss. Korea Republic have made two appearances in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in 2008 and winning in 2010 before failing to qualify in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Known as a very technical side, Korea Republic’s comfort on the ball combined with high physical stamina are certain to make Canada’s second group stage match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 one to watch. Fans in Canada can catch the action live on TSN3 and RDS2.
Following Canada’s match against Korea Republic on Saturday, the team will play their final group stage match against Spain on Wednesday, 21 November at 14:00 local (12:00 ET/09:00 PT).
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018
- The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
- The tournament’s four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
- A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.
- Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the tournament’s most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016). Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world’s top U-17 women’s team. Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016.
- Spain, whom Canada will play in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016.
- A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since it started in 2008.