Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats North Korea 1-0, Advances to Quarter-Finals in Women's U20 Soccer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats North Korea 1-0, Advances to Quarter-Finals in Women's U20 Soccer

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Canada downs North Korea 1-0 at U20

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MONTREAL - The Canadian junior women's soccer team is gaining momentum at the women's under-20 World Cup.

A 1-0 victory over North Korea on Tuesday night has put Canada into the quarter-finals feeling good about itself, even if their next opponent will be the powerhouse Germans.

"We were relentless," said Janine Beckie, who was camped at the far post to put in Nichelle Prince's pass in the 65th minute for the game's only goal. "It feels amazing. We're moving on."

Canada finished second in Group A and plays the Germans, who were first in Group B, on Saturday in Edmonton.

Despite the loss, North Korea finished first in their four-team group on goal differential and will play the United States on Saturday in Toronto.

The Canadians needed the win to stay ahead of Ghana, which beat Finland 2-1 in Moncton, N.B. to tie the host country's 2-1 record. But the Africans were eliminated on goals for and against.

Canada, which opened with a 1-0 loss to Ghana, looked dead in the water when it fell behind 2-0 to Finland last Saturday, but Beckie scored to ignite a three-goal second half rally.

Then she scored the game-winner against the toughest opponent in the group.

Penetrating the tight North Korean defence had been struggle all night as the visitors, who needed only a draw to clinch first place, allowed little space anywhere near the 18-yard box.

Amandine Pierre-Louis, who got an ovation from her hometown crowd when she substituted in at the 60th minute for her first action of the tournament, started the play with a run down the right side.

She crossed in for Nichelle Prince, who slipped the ball behind the defence to an unguarded Beckie at the far post.

"It was going through my head: 'Don't miss this,' so I put it in and I was really excited," said Beckie.

Canada is hoping to get on the kind of roll it experienced in 2002, when a team led by Christine Sinclair made it to the final and drew a massive crowd at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium at what was then the world U-19 championship.

Germany, which crushed Brazil 5-1 just ahead of the Canada-North Korea game, will be a formidable opponent. The Germans scored 12 goals in their three group stage games. …

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