Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com

Canada opened the CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship with a 5:0 victory over Puerto Rico.

This Inaugural tournament is being played in the Cayman Islands from August 6-17th, 2014. It features 16 teams, separated into four groups. Canada is in Group D with Puerto Rico, Cuba and Haiti.

Despite the rain, over 330 spectators came out to watch the match. “I think we put on a good show,” said Head Coach Bev Priestman. “We took control of the game and showed our quality.”

Canada’s technical ability stood out, and the Team was able to maintain pressure, keeping Puerto Rico trapped in their own end for much of the game. Captain Sarah Stratigakis, was voted player of the match, for her 35th minute goal as well as her play in the mid-field.

The 5-0 result is all the more impressive considering this was the Team’s first time playing together at the international level. However, this tournament is not about any one game, it’s about developing future talent for Canada’s National System.

“It’s a fantastic learning experience for our players,” says Priestman. For example, when Puerto Rico, reverted to a five-man defense Canada had problems breaking them down. “This is something that our girls are going to have to learn to do, and experiences like this give us something to build on.”

After the first round of play in Group D, Canada is in first place on goal differential. Haiti is in second, having defeated Cuba 3-1.

Canada’s next opponent is Cuba. The match will take place 9 Aug 2014 at 19.00 local time / 20.30 ET / 17.30 PT

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