MONTEVIDEO, UR – Jordyn Huitema scored the winning goal for a second consecutive match as Canada defeated the Republic of Korea 2-0 at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
The result comes after a 3-0 win over Colombia in their opening match. With six points, Canada have secured a spot in the quarterfinals on November 24 or 25. They can earn first place in Group D with a draw against Spain in their final group match on Wednesday.
Huitema, captain of the team, was one of three players to play in the match from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer. Caitlin Shaw also put in another gritty performance in midfield, while Andersen Williams made an impact off the bench.
After a scoreless first half, Huitema hit the winning strike in the 59th minute on a full volley that looped high in the air and into the back of the net.
Nine minutes later, Huitema was shown a controversial red card after a collision in the air with two South Korean players.
But the Red and White held strong despite the disadvantage, with Lara Kazandjian adding an insurance goal to secure the victory.
Next up for Canada is their final Group D match against Spain at 9 a.m. PT on Wednesday, November 21. The match will be broadcast live on TSN5.