Friday, October 28, 2011

Canadian Women Win Gold at the Pan Am Games

A redemption gold medal win for the Canadian women’s soccer team in an exciting match against the third ranked Brazilians at the Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Brazil scored four minutes into the first half with a long ranged shot from Debora. It was Captain Christine Sinclair whose header equalized for Canada late in the game. Nothing was resolved after two 15-minute extra-time halves and the match would be decided in a penalty kick shootout. Canada scored three-straight kicks before Karina LeBlanc stopped Grazielle on Brazil’s third attempt. Both sides traded goals before Candace Chapman hit the post on the fifth kick. LeBlanc then made her second save - this one on Debora - to give Canada the gold.

Last summer at the Women’s World Cup in Germany the Canadian women unexpectedly finished last in the tournament. This win would serve as a confidence booster heading into CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament held on home soil in Vancouver at BC Place from January 19-29.

Tournament schedule:

Group Phase                                                 
 Thursday 19 January                                                                                   
17.00 Costa Rica v Cuba                                               
 19.30 Canada v Haiti                      
Friday 20 January
 17.00 Mexico v Guatemala
 19.30 Dominican Rep v USA
Saturday 21 January
 17.00 Haiti v Costa Rica
 19.30 Canada v Cuba
Sunday 22 January
 14.00 Mexico v Dominican Republic
 16.30 USA v Guatemala
Monday 23 January
 17.00 Cuba v Haiti
 19.30 Canada v Costa Rica
Tuesday 24 January
 17.00 Guatemala v Dominican Republic
 19.30 USA v Mexico
 Friday 27 January
 17.00 Semi-final #1
 20.00 Semi-final #2
 Sunday 29 January
 17.00 Winner Semi-final #1 v Winner Semi-final #2
*Only two teams will advance to London 2012.