Proudly representing Canada on an international stage after four years, the International Military Sports Council (CISM) Canadian Women’s Soccer team spent the last few days of May competing in France in the CISM Women’s World Football Cup.
The young Canadian team was placed in Group A, stacked with other tough competitors. The other teams in Group A included France, The Netherlands and Cameroon.
Round robin matches began on May 26 with the Canadian team playing against Cameroon at the Commander Bourgoin stadium in Rennes, France. Canada faced an unfamiliar opponent with Cameroon.
Cameroon ended up taking the game 3-0.
“The Cameroon game was a baptism for all of the players who have not played at this level. The game was mostly in our end with very few advances into the opposition`s half. The girls did well, and they know they need to improve against Holland today.” said Canadian Head Coach Kevin Greig following the loss to Cameroon.
Canada came back in the next round robin match against The Netherlands on May 28 to score their first goal of the games.
Played at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, Canada took the lead before half-time thanks to a goal by striker Shelby Lewis. However, The Netherlands ended up winning the game 2-1.
The final round robin match took place on May 31. Canada faced a tough French team, who had managed to score six goals in the previous two games. Canada was defeated 6-0 and the game secured France’s number one position in Group A.
The semi-finals took place on June 2 between Brazil and Cameroon and France and South Korea.
Brazil and France have advanced to meet on June 5 for the CISM Women’s World Football Cup final.