Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com
Canada W15 earn a hard fought 1:0 semi final victory over Trinidad and Tobago at the inaugural CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship.
With the win, Canada advances to face Haiti in the final on Sunday.
However, getting there was no easy task. Canada not only had to overcome a resilient Trinidad, but a grueling schedule of five competitive matches - in sweltering heat - in just 10 days.
“You can tell our girls were tired since our decision making, at times, was little bit shaky,” said Head Coach Bev Priestman, “but I’m really proud of them; they ground out a result—sometimes you have to do that at tournaments.”
While it wasn’t Canada’s best performance, it’s worth remembering that these players have never been involved, until now, in a competitive international environment. Each step is a learning experience and now, on Sunday, they will have the chance to experience a final.
“These girls need to be ready to go into battle,” said Priestman, “because when you’re this tired it’s more than just ability; it’s about heart, it’s about passion.” It’s also a chance to play, once again, against the one team Canada couldn’t defeat in group play—Haiti.
And this time, win or lose, the game will not end in a draw. The match can be watched live at CONCACAF.com or followed on Twitter in English @canadasoccerEn or in French @canadasoccerFR. Kick-off is at 19.45 (local) / 20.45 ET / 17:45 PT