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Canada comes up short in a close battle against Italy at the FINA Youth World Championship

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 27, 2018) – The Canadian women’s team came up short against Italy in the opening match at the 2018 FINA World Women’s Youth Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. In a hard-fought battle, the Canadians could not overcome a three-goal sequence by the Italians at the beginning of the fourth quarter and in the end, Italy secured a 15-13 win.

The Italians came out running in the first quarter, scoring three unanswered goals against a Canadian squad that seemed nervous in the opening minutes. Jaiden Miller opened the scoring for Canada with 1:30 to go in the first period. Canada’s captain Alison Cameron netted the second goal for her team on the power play to put the score at 2-4 at the end of the quarter.

Canada had a strong performance in the second quarter, outscoring the opponent 6-4 to tie the score. Italy extended its lead to 5-2 in the opening minutes of the quarter. Ava Morrant scored for Canada on the next possession. The Italians answered back with a goal of their own to keep a three-goal lead. Juliette Belanger and Jaiden Miller each tallied one to put the red and white within one. Lucrezia Cergol converted a penalty shot with 2:46 to go to put the Italian squad in front. Canada’s answer came from Floranne Carroll on the power play just to see Lucy Davis beat the goalkeeper from close range to tie the score less than a minute later. Italy’s Lucrezia Cergol scored her fifth of the game to regain the lead, but Morrant found the back of the net with 0:08 to go to bring the score at 8-8 after the first half.

Both teams exchanged goals and opportunities in the third quarter. Canadian goalkeeper, Marianne Bouchard-Côté stopped a penalty shot in the early minutes of the period, but the Italians were able to tally one on the next possession. The equalizer came from Jaiden Miller with 4:36 on the clock. Miller added one more goal less than a minute later to put the Canadian squad in front. Two quick goals by the Italians helped them regain the lead, but Miller tied the score once again with her fifth goal of the game.

With both teams tied up at 11, the final quarter was set to be crucial. The Italians had a strong showing scoring three unanswered goals to take the lead. Blaire McDowell scored one from long range to keep her team within two with just under three minutes to play. However, the Italian squad would add one more goal to confirm the 15-13 win.

“I thought we started a bit slow, partly because of the nerves. After the first minutes, we started to feel a little more comfortable, we played our system better and we started trusting each other. Offensively, our shots started to go in, and we were more successful. Near the end, some turnovers happened, but we played strong. We need to carry on like this for the rest of the tournament. The Spaniards will be our toughest competitors. If we can play like the 2nd and 3rd quarters today, we’ll put on a good fight against them.” commented Jaiden Miller of the women’s national team.

The Canadian women’s team will face Spain tomorrow (August 28) at 8:40 pm local / 2:40 pm ET. Live stream is available on FINA TV .

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CAN 13 -15 ITA (2-4, 6-4, 3-3, 2-4)

Goals: Jaiden Miller (5), Ava Morrant (2), Blaire McDowell (2), Alison Cameron, Juliette Belanger, Floranne Carroll, Lucy Davis.

(Photo Credit: Ivica Veselinov VSS)



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