Canadian women capture third at Brazil tournament

Action from the match for third place between Canada (white) and Scotland at the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino on December 22, 2013, at the Estadio Mane Garrincha, in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Soccer Association)


BRASILIA, Brazil – Canada got a late goal from Sophie Schmidt to defeat Scotland 1-0 in the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino’s match for third place on Sunday at the Estadio Mane Garrincha.

The win was the Canadians’ second over Scotland in the competition, following a 2-0 triumph on December 12.

After making a near-post run, Schmidt headed home the winner off a Diana Matheson corner kick in the 83rd minute.

“The girls deserved to get something out of that today and they did,” said Canada head coach John Herdman.  “It’s just about resilience, persistence to keep going, and I think we should have had it sewn up by halftime to be honest.”

Though Canada had the better of play, Scotland nearly took a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute, when Jane Ross’ curling, right-footed shot from distance crashed off the top of the crossbar.

The CONCACAF power’s starting line-up included four players 21-years-old and younger -- Jessie Fleming (15), Sura Yekka (16), Kadeisha Buchanan (18) and Adriana Leon (21).  Herdman, who is preparing his side to host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, was very pleased with what he saw.

“In today’s game, we played with a 15, 16, and 18-year-old on the pitch and a 21-year-old all at the same time,” he noted.  “So if you talk about the future I think things bode well.  It’s going to be great for the future. I was very impressed with Jessie Fleming today and her composure in her (full) debut.”

Fleming won the Golden Ball as the best player at the recently contested CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Canada now takes a break for the holidays and will return to action on January 31 against the host United States in Frisco, Texas.