PHOTO: April 3 – Shannon Pereira scored a goal in Canada’s 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at the 2016 Juinor Women’s Pan American Championships (By Lorena Angus)
Canada’s junior women finished round robin play of the 2016 Junior Women’s Pan American Championships with a convincing 4-0 win over host Trindad and Tobago Sunday in Tacarigua.
With the win, the women finish second in Pool B with six points and will face Uruguay, the third place team from Pool A, in one of the tournament’s quarterfinals on Tuesday (8:30am PT/11:30am ET). The game can be watched live on wisports.tv.
In Sunday’s match against Trinidad and Tobago, the Canadians controlled play from the onset, pressuring early and being rewarded with the game’s first goal from Shannon Pereira in the ninth minute.
“We stuck to our game plan and I thought it was a really good team effort,” says defender Katarina Angus, who served as team captain for Sunday’s match. “We had some really good chances up front and we had some really great passages of play.”
Lindsay Cole scored Canada’s second goal of the match, in the 26th minute, giving Canada the 2-0 lead at half-time.
“The goals definitely helped to keep the momentum going throughout the whole 70 minutes,” Cole say. “We need to work on that as a team; to keep playing the entire game.”
Against Trindad, the game plan worked well, with Canada controlling play through the entire game, adding goals in the 40th and 51st minutes from Ellie Cookson and Alexis de Armond.
Another strong team effort and convincing victory bodes well for Canada as they head into the quarter final against Urugay, who only managed one win throughout the round robin, but scored 10 goals in their three games.
The Canadians are hoping to finish in the top two of the tournament to earn a spot in the 2016 Junior World Cup later this year.
“I’m really excited about our chances,” Angus adds. “I think if we keep working hard and keep putting in a good effort and keep playing like a team like we have, I think we’re going to really like the outcome.”
The winner of the Canada-Uruguay match will go on to face the winner of the Argentina-Mexico quarterfinal.