From Maple Leafs to Palm Trees
March 7, 2012
Hello from Panama! It’s been a while since we’ve been in Memphis… so far so good! We’ve won all three of our round robin games and we’re headed to the semi-finals against Panama. With that win, we will qualify for the U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan (Woohoo no preseason :) kidding, love preseason!) Before coming to Panama we were in beautiful Costa Rica for two weeks where we had our pre-camp. It was great seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones (considering we would be stuck with them for a full month). While in Costa Rica we had a few two-a-days and practiced on a secluded field by a mountain, and we even saw a few forest fires, which was crazy. After the first week we played Costa Rica’s senior team and unfortunately lost 4-1. However, the score isn’t indicative of the game because we had chances that we didn’t put away and they scored off of our mistakes. However, we did redeem ourselves by beating the best female club team named Arenal Coronado.
With that win we were off to Panama! The tournament started off just the way we wanted with a 5-0 win over Haiti. Our first half started slow but we were able to turn it on in the second half to come away with the win. Game two was against a feisty Jamaican side where we, again, had a pretty slow start but were able to find goals in the 76th minute and onward to finally win 2-0. While we were winning our two matches our good ole pal Natalia and her Mexican side were winning theirs so this would set up for a final group clash where we (Canada) would have to win in order to finish on top of Group A.
THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME! Canada vs Mexico: The game was a wild one going back and forth, but we were able to put one away in the first half and go into the break at 1-0. The second half became a full out Mexico press but to no avail and we held on for the W and claimed group 1 (yayyyy Canada!). Oh yes, we nearly forgot! Throughout this whole time in Panama we (Kylie and Christabel) were on the look out for our pal Natalia but she was nowhere to be found. We were able to get a hold of her on Facebook but she stood us up in the lobby (thanks Nat...). At this point we had seen her parents more than we had seen her. Don’t worry though folks we eventually found her walking around with her team. Sadly, it was not for long, as they have to be with their team more than their parents (I also don’t think they like us talking to her… but oh well Tigers for life! Natalia has so far had an amazing tournament sniping goals like no other so we’re super proud of her for that, and hopefully we see them in the finals for a rematch.
On a side note, we visited the Panama Canal where an enormous boat among others was passing through. Apparently if you own a boat and want a shortcut to the Atlantic you know where to go! We also went into the museum where it showed a typical Panamanian rainforest. You would not believe the size of the insects on display, they were huge! You will never be afraid of a bee again until you see the sizes of them in Panama; they are flying hockey pucks (yes we had to reference hockey, we’re Canadian! On the way back from the Canal we went and got some gelato (hint hint coach) from this other resort that was on its own island across from the city, it had an amazing view! Tried to take some pictures but our phones aren’t high-tech cameras. Oh and Kylie also claimed she could catch a fish… (tricks are for kids kylie, tricks are for kids..). Sorry this blog has now been going on forever but we just wanted to fill y’all in on our adventures! We miss you tiger nation and will try and come back with some hardware!
Loveeeeeee the Canadians