Action from the women's international friendly between visiting Germany (white jersey) and host Canada on June 18, 2014, at BC Place in Vancouver. (Photo courtesy of the Deutscher Fussball-Bund)
OTTAWA – Germany extended its winning streak to 16 consecutive games with a 2-1 victory over host Canada in a women’s international friendly on Wednesday before 15,618 fans at BC Place.
Simone Laudehr struck for the winning goal, converting a second-half penalty kick to break a 1-1 tie.
The European champion took the lead in the 29th minute, when Lena Lotzen – at the far post – tapped in a left-sided cross from Laudehr after the ball appeared to glance slightly off the top teammate Anja Mittag’s head.
Sophie Schmidt equalized for Canada nine minutes into the second half. Though the Sky Blue FC star failed to connect fully on Diana Matheson’s feed from the right side of the box, the ball looped fortuitously over goalkeeper Nadine Angerer from 10-yards out.
The Germans went ahead for good in the 65th minute. Lotzen dribbled from right to left in the Canadian box and was tripped by Kadeisha Buchanan, giving Laudehr an opportunity to net from the spot for her 20th career international goal.
Canada, which will host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, started the game with four players 18-years-old or younger: defenders Buchanan (18), Rebecca Quinn (18) and Sura Yekka (17), as well as midfielder Jessie Fleming (16).
NOTES: Canada returns to action on October 25 against visiting Japan in Edmonton