Canada's U-17 women's national team had made history as they qualified for the first time ever to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup semifinals. However on Wednesday, it was not their day as they came up short in a 1-0 defeat against Concacaf rivals Mexico, who will move on face Spain in the final on Saturday.
Captain Jordyn Huitema had the best opportunity of the match for Canada as she found the back of the net on a quick break late in the first half, only to see the goal negated by a foul call.
“I’m very proud of this team. I think they’re wonderful young women. Today wasn’t their day. Mexico deserved the win. I think we lost and they’ll learn from it and I think many of them will play for Canada Soccer’s women’s national team one day,” said head coach Rhian Wilkinson. “I’ve said the whole way that we’re 21 strong, I believe in this team.
“We’re here for a podium finish now," continued Wilkinson. "It’s about getting over this. There were moments where we saw who they really are and moments where I don’t think they played to the best of their ability. However, they rose to the challenge and pushed to the end.”
The Red and White will now move on to the third place match at 11 a.m. PT on Saturday, as they will take on New Zeland for bronze. The match will be broadcast live on TSN1.