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08.31.2018
Canada records a second win at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championships

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 31, 2018) – The Canadian women’s team earned a second win at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. A great collective effort helped the Canadians record a 16-7 win over Kazakhstan. Canada will now face New Zealand for ninth place.

Valeria Rojas opened the scoring for Canada in the early minutes of the first quarter. Blaire McDowell doubled the lead with a goal on the counter-attack moments later. Kazakhstan cut the lead in half, but Apryl Gonzalez tallied one to put her team in front 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Kazakhstan did not have much to work with, in the second quarter while Canada added three goals to extend its lead to 6-1. Lucy Davis netted one in the first minute of the period. Alison Cameron and Jaiden Miller each tallied one from outside to put the Canadians in front 6-1 at halftime.

The Canucks kept their pace in the second half outscoring the Kazakhs 4-2 in the third quarter. Casey Taylor beat the goalkeeper twice in this period while Gonzalez and Rojas each scored their second goal of the game to give Canada a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Canadians picked up where they left off in the final quarter. Davis scored her second goal in the first minute of the fourth period. Gonzalez continued on her impressive performance at this tournament adding three goals for the Canadians to bring her total at five in this game. Taylor Halbauer beat the goalkeeper with a close-range lob shot to give Canada a ten-goal lead with 2:14 to play. Kazakhstan answered back with a goal of its own to see Rojas complete her hat trick on the Canadian power play. The Kazakhs would add one goal in the last minute of the game to put the final score at 16-7 for the Canadians.

"I think we played an active and defensive game but we started to slow down our tempo and I think that is when we began to struggle a bit. Overall, I found it was a well-fought match. Tomorrow against New Zealand, I think it will be a hard and strong game for us but this is what we have been preparing for, and we are ready to come out strong and push a high tempo for the game." commented Valeria Rojas after the game. 
 
The Canadian women’s team will play New Zealand for the ninth place tomorrow. (September 1st). The game is scheduled at 15: 20 local / 9: 20 EDT.

CANADA 16 – 7 KAZAKHSTAN (3-1, 3-0, 4-2, 6-4)

Goals: Apryl Gonzalez (5), Valeria Rojas (3), Lucy Davis (2), Casey Taylor (2), Blaire McDowell, Alison Cameron, Jaiden Miller, Taylor Halbauer.

 
 
 
 

 


 
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