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Canada falls to Spain in Day 2 action at the FINA Youth World Championship

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 28, 2018) – The Canadian women fell to Spain in the second day of competition at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. After limiting the Spaniards’ opportunities in the first half, the Canadian defense was not able to contain Spain’s fast break and power play. A nine-goal sequence in the second half helped the Spaniards record a 16-6 win to claim the top spot in Group A.

Spain had a strong start in this match, scoring three quick goals to take the lead early in the first quarter. Canada’s first goal came on the power play when Taylor Halbauer won her battle in front of the net and pushed the ball behind the goalie. Another goal by the Spaniards would put them in front by three, but Juliette Belanger converted a penalty shot in the last minute put the score at 4-2 after the first quarter.

The Canadians played their best water polo in the second quarter despite allowing two quick goals at the beginning of the period. A double by Valeria Rojas and a long-range goal by Apryl Gonzalez helped Canada even the opposing team’s effort in the second quarter giving Spain a two-goal lead at halftime (7-5).

An early exclusion and a missed opportunity on the power play at the beginning of the third quarter would come to haunt the Canucks later in the game. The Canadians had a hard time passing Spain’s defense in the second half. The Spaniards put much pressure and capitalized on their counter-attacks to take a 13-5 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Canadian squad was not able to take advantage of their power play opportunities in the fourth quarter while the Spaniards capitalized on their extra-man advantage to extend their lead to 16-5. A powerful shot by Alison Cameron would find the back of the net in the last minute of the game, but in the end, Spain recorded a 16-6 win.

“Our defense played well, but the Spaniards were able to challenge us multiple times. We had a few good plays on offense, but we lacked discipline. We slowed down a little bit in the second half, and we lost our one on one battles. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s game against Serbia, and I believe we have our chances. We will need to play a strong game like we did against the Italians, pace our game and communicate well.” said Canadian goalkeeper, Marianne Bouchard-Côté

The Canadians will play Serbia tomorrow for the third place in Group A. The game is scheduled at 6:00 pm local / 12:00 pm ET. Live stream is available on FINA TV .

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