Tenacious effort not enough for Women's team vs the US
September 6, 2018
After a gutsy performance this past Sunday in Auburn, Alabama that saw the Canadian Women's National Team bang back and forth with the United States, the team were on the losing end of a 26-16 score (48-36 on aggregate) on Wednesday night in Montreal.
A loud and soldout crowd at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex on Wednesday night provided a thrilling atmosphere for the girls who came into the series as massive underdogs against an American side that has traveled to compete abroad more than any other women's national team in the world over the last year.
The United States ability to defend well down the middle coupled with a few key defensive lapses resulted in the Americans going up 14-6 at halftime. The second half saw a more motivated, with nothing to lose, attitude from the Canadians, who were led by a sensational performance in goal by keeper Vasilia Gagnon, who made a series of incredible saves to keep the team alive.
Unfortunately Gagnon's heroics would not be enough to mount a comeback and Canada now find themselves with one last opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru at a tournament that will feature Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico.