Canada kicks off Jordan 2016 with come-from-behind 3:2 victory over Cameroon
Canada kicked off the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 with a come-from-behind 3:2 win over Cameroon. Down a goal at the break, Canada scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn three points on the opening day of the competition.
Jordyn Huitema was the early goalscorer for Canada before Soline Djoubi and Claudia Dabda made it 2-1 for Cameroon after 45 minutes. Sarah Stratigakis then scored the equaliser on a 78th minute penalty before Hannah Taylor headed home the winner in the 83rd minute. With the win, Canada sit in first place in Group B ahead of second-place Germany who won 2:1 over Venezuela on the opening day.
“It was a real Canadian gritty performance right to the end,” said Bev Humphries-Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National U-17 Team Coach. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy against such a physical team like Cameroon, but we are really proud of our team.
“It was such a roller coaster game, but that is only going to help the team learn and move forward in their journey towards the Women’s National Team as well as move forward in this tournament.”
Canada’s second group match is Monday 3 October against Germany at the Amman International Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on TSN1, TSN4, and RDS at 12.00 ET / 09.00 PT (19.00 local kick off). Canada will then face Venezuela on Friday 7 October at the King Abdullah II International Stadium (19.00 local / 12.00 ET / 09.00 PT on TSN1, TSN4, and RDS).
3′ Jordyn Huitema – Canada wasted no time getting on the board, Jordyn Huitema scoring three minutes into the game and getting Canada off to a flying start in the tournament. Anyssa Ibrahim was driving through the midfield before slipping a through ball behind the defence for Huitema to chase. She was behind the defence and was able to catch the goalkeeper out of position, neatly finishing into the bottom left corner.
17′ Soli Djoubi (free kick) – Cameroon levelled the game in the 17th minute in unusual circumstances. Marissa Zuchetto was judged to have picked up a pass directly from a teammate, after which the referee awarded an indirect free kick in the penalty area for the back-pass. The ball was teed up for Solie Djoubi who drove it in hard and low, levelling the score at 1-1.
42′ Claudia Dabda – Cameroon raced up the other end of the field to take the lead in the game. The counter attack down the right flank was initially well defended, and the ball fell to Claudia Dabda on the edge of the area. Her first shot was blocked by Kaela Hansen, but Dabda was able to collect the rebound and drive into the penalty area, her low shot just beating Zuchetto in the Canadian net.
78′ Sarah Stratigakis (penalty) – Canada won a penalty after substitute Lauren Raimondo, running onto a through ball at the top of the box, was taken down by goalkeeper Carole Mimboe. The Canadian captain Stratigakis stepped up to take the spot kick and placed it coolly into the top right corner, tying the scores at 2-2.
83′ Hannah Taylor – The Canadian midfield combined well in the 82nd minute moving the ball quickly and concisely up through the centre of the field. The ball was nicked off the toes of the Kats, who was breaking into the area, and subsequently put out for a corner. Juila Grosso sent the ball in and it was met forcefully by Hannah Taylor, who did well to arc her neck around the curve of the ball and send a header on target. It wasn’t dealt with by Mimboe and Canada re-took the lead in the game in the 83rd minute, the score sitting at 3-2.
Canada’s starting XI featured Marissa Zucchetto in goal, Emma Regan at right back, Hannah Taylor and Ashley Cathro at centre back, Julia Grosso at left back, and Sarah Stratigakis, Kaela Hansen, Anyssa Ibrahim, Deanne Rose, Jordyn Huitema, and Florence Laroche from the midfield up through to the attack.
In the second half, coach Bev Humphries-Priestman replaced Ibrahim with Vital Kats (46′), Florence Laroche with Mikaela Dayes (59′), and Huitema with Lauren Raimondo (75′).