The Canadian women's national team faced off against England in an exhibition match in front of 23,000 fans at Tim Horton's field in Hamilton, Ontario. This marked Canada's last exhibition match before the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Canada kicks off on June 6.
England, ranked 6th in the world has topped Canada in their last 3 encounters, most notably in the 2015 Cyprus Cup final where England won by a 1-0 score line. In addition to retribution, Canada was seeking to start their World Cup campaign on a high note.
Although Canada set the tone for a fast paced and aggressive game, England had the initial opportunities on goal but Canadian netminder Erin McLeod was quick to make the timely saves.
Canada continued to battle for 50-50 balls to overwhelm and suffocate the English midfield. The strategy worked as Sophie Schmidt's wonder strike off a quick pass from Josee Belanger surprised English keeper Karen Bardsley as the ball flew into the top corner in the 23rd minute.
England attempted to even the score but Canada was too quick in their defense and counterattack, allowing only one opportunity in the 87th minute that rattled off the Canadian crossbar.
Canada next faces China in their first group game at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Canada on June 6 in Edmonton, Alberta.
The World Cup tournament is being hosted by Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton between June 6 and July 5. Tickets are still available for purchase.
Tickets FIFA Women's World Cup 2015: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/FIFA-Womens-World-Cup-Canada-2015-tickets/artist/875503
FIFA Women's World Cup 2015: http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/index.html
Canada Soccer: http://www.canadasoccer.com
Originally published on Hispanos en Canada.