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The Canadians fall to the Australians in a close battle at the FINA Youth World Championship

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 30, 2018) –The Canadian women’s team lost a hard-fought battle to the Australians at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championship in Belgrade. In a defensive affair, Canada was able to limit the Australians for most of the game, but two goals in the final quarter helped the Aussies earn a 6-3 win and move on to the next phase. Canada will now play for the ninth place at these World Championships.

Canada’s defense was up for the challenge in the first quarter. The Australians had difficulty passing the Canadian block in this period. When they did pass the defense, Canada’s goalkeeper Marianne Bouchard-Côté made the saves to keep her team in the game. Valeria Rojas converted a penalty shot to give the Canadians the lead 1-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In a very close match, the teams were very disciplined at both end of the pool in the second quarter. Australia found the equalizer with 4:39 on the clock. Jaiden Miller answered back for the Canadians with one of her signature long-range goal to put the score at 2-1. The Aussies were able to tie the score moments later on the counter-attack to bring back the teams at 2-2 after the first half.

Mathilda Kearns scored for Australia in the first minute of the third quarter to give her team the lead for the first time in this match. Blaire McDowell tallied one from the left side to tie the score at 3-3. Australia was able to answer on the next possession to regain the lead with 5:04 to go. In such a close game, it was all about defense in the last minutes of the third quarter.

Trailing by one goal, the Canucks were looking to come back into the game in the fourth quarter. An Australian exclusion in the first minute gave the Canadians an opportunity to tie the game, but an unlucky post kept Canada within one goal. The Aussies extended their lead to 5-3 with 5:54 to play and still much time for the Canadians. However, another Australian goal on the power play put the Canadian women in a difficult position for the rest of the game. Despite the Canadian efforts, the Australians limited them to only a few chances and were able to record a 6-3 win.

Canada will now play for the ninth place at the 2018 FINA World Championships. The Canadian women will face the loser of the match between Kazakhstan and Russia. The game is scheduled at 13:00 (local) / 7:00 EDT. Live stream is available on FINA TV .

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CAN 3 – 6 AUS (1-0, 1-2, 1-2, 0-2)

Goals : Valeria Rojas, Jaiden Miller, Blaire McDowell



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