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Canada tops Korea to finish third in Group B

(Gwangju, Korea – July 18, 2019) – The Canadian women’s team concluded the preliminary round with a 22-2 win against the host nation, Korea, at the 2019 FINA World Championships. The Canucks had the opportunity to try different plays against this young Korean squad, but they will now face an experienced Dutch team in the crossover game. The winner of the Saturday matchup will move on to the quarterfinals.

The game plan for Canada was to defend well in their zone, while taking advantage of the opportunities on offence. Canada took a 5-0 lead in the first quarter, beating the Korean goalkeeper with close-ranged shots. The red and white continued to work as a team in the second quarter; finding the open player and converting 1 vs. 1 occasions to show an 11-0 lead at halftime.

The Canadians continued to work as a unit adding six goals to take a 17-0 advantage at the end of the third quarter. With a comfortable lead, Canada’s Head Coach David Paradelo moved the goalkeeper past the middle to practice the seventh attacker scenario. While both Canadian goalkeepers, Claire Wright and Jessica Gaudreault, scored in the fourth quarter, the Koreans took advantage of the space and tallied two goals of their own. In the end, the thirteen players on the Canadian roster netted at least one goal to confirm the 22-2 win.

“This is a team that started water polo a month ago, so we played a little more passive. It was a really fun match, and we had the opportunity to try different plays. We are preparing for our game against the Netherlands, which will be extremely difficult. Their counter-attack is dangerous, and they have excellent shooters. If we can stop the counter-attack, we will be in a good position,” said Joelle Bekhazi who had two goals in the game.

The Canadian women will measure themselves against the Dutch in the crossover, Saturday July 20, 2019 at 14:00 Local time // 1:00 am Eastern time. Live stream is available at .

CANADA 22 – 2 KOREA (5-0, 6-0, 6-0, 5-2)

Gaudreault (1), Alogbo (1), Crevier (1), E. Wright (3), Eggens (2), McKee (2), Bekhazi (2), Lemay-Lavoie (2), McKelvey (2), Christmas (3), Paul (1), Fournier (1), C. Wright (1).



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