Canada and South Korea draw 0-0 in women’s soccer friendly

TORONTO — Despite overwhelming opponents with a quickening pace, Canada’s National Women’s Soccer Team settled for a 0-0 draw against South Korea on Sunday afternoon at BMO Field. .

TORONTO — Despite overwhelming opponents with a quickening pace, Canada’s National Women’s Soccer Team settled for a 0-0 draw against South Korea on Sunday afternoon at BMO Field. .

The Canadians dominated the first half of the friendly, but failed to score despite six shots on the opposition goal while maintaining a 71% possession advantage.

The attack began in the fourth minute when Canadian striker Janine Beckie’s cross found Jordyn Huitema in the penalty area. Huitema’s header went just wide of the goal.

At 17e minute, Beckie had another kick towards the goal. Kadeisha Buchanan connected with a header that bounced off South Korean keeper Younggeul Yoon and in front of the net before landing over the goal.

Buchanan’s attempt was the only shot on target in the first half.

The 18th-ranked South Koreans only managed two shots on goal in the first half without either of them hitting the target. Soyun Ji had the best chance when his shot from just outside the middle of the box went left of goal.

Ji scored his team’s first shot on target in 52n/a minute when she carried the ball on the right side, but her attempt was easily caught by Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.

Canada kept pushing for the first goal. Second-half substitute Vanessa Gilles headed a corner kick opportunity away from goal in the 71st minute.

Nichelle Prince was the last of five substitutions for the sixth-ranked Canadians in the 75th minute. The host team made several attempts towards the end of the match to score but the South Korean defense remained steady.

In the final game of added time, Canada had three straight shots on goal. Shots from Buchanan and Gilles were saved and Deanne Rose’s chance was blocked.

Canada finished with a 13-3 advantage in shots. Canadian veteran Christine Sinclair did not enter the match, although she was made available as a reserve.

She did not take part in training on Saturday after Canadian head coach Bev Priestman revealed on Friday that the veteran forward was suffering from an undisclosed injury.

The match, played in front of 15,616 fans, was Canada’s only tune-up ahead of next month’s CONCACAF W Championship in Mexico.

This tournament will serve as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Notes: Before the match, Canada Soccer paid tribute to former player Diana Matheson, who retired just before the Tokyo Olympics last year. … Jessie Fleming won her 100th national team cap and captained Sinclair.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 26, 2022.

David Alter, The Canadian Press

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