On Friday afternoon in Santos, Brazil at the Estádio Urbano Caldeira, the Canadian women’s soccer team managed to beat Brazil 2-1 in the first of a two-game friendly.
Shelina Zadorsky opened the scoring in the first half (source: OneSoccer) with a sublime header off a great cross from Ashley Lawrence while Adriana Leon doubled Canada’s lead with a powerful shot from just outside the box before the hosts were able to get one back. The visitors managed to hold them off in the second half thanks to some incredible saves from Kailen Sheridan.
The Canadian Women’s Soccer Team Wins 2-1 in Brazil
5 STRAIGHT WINS 🔥#WeCAN pic.twitter.com/hj8pW88z3F
— CAN Soccer’s WNT (@CANWNT) November 11, 2022
After the game, Beverly Priestman in her post-match press conference gave her thoughts on the win.
“I thought it was an exciting game of football Priestman said.” ” It was very different from the encounter at the Olympics and it was exciting and I know playing Brazil it is always very close because they have great quality and are hard to break down but overall I was pleased and thought we started strong.”
Priestman was asked how they were able to shut Brazil down and get the win against another top-10 country and side today.
“We put some experience in there and they targeted us on transition so I think we can learn from that but this team does whatever it takes to win and I am really proud of the group and there were some great performances out there but so far five out of six and we are here to win the second game.”
ADRIANO LEON, my word 😱
A first-time volley stuns Brazil and the #CanWNT go up 2-0 before the half-hour mark!
🔴 https://t.co/7JFAUhxUCE pic.twitter.com/yuKHOyZQk5
— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) November 11, 2022
Canada has been on an unbelievable winning streak and has now won five in a row and will look to make it six when they face Brazil again on Tuesday in Sao Paulo. Leon who scored a highlight reel goal was asked how good it was to get back on the scoresheet.
“It was a nice feeling to get the ball back in the net she said.” “It was the perfect corner from Jessie (Fleming) and it was a perfect strike and right into the bottom corner.” She was also asked what she can take from this game going into the next one on Tuesday.
“The challenge is to put back-to-back performances for us and keep the winning streak going, Brazil is a great team so it’s going to be tough to get another win but we will make sure to bring the energy and we will be ready to play.”
Games Coming Up for Both Teams and an Eventful Day for Canadian Soccer
Our @CANWNT squad debuted the @cibc branded training apparel ahead of our match v. Brazil today! 👌#WeCAN pic.twitter.com/smIRXEF5bf
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) November 11, 2022
November 11 was an eventful day for Canadian soccer, as the CanMNT drew in Bahrain 2-2 in Isla Town at the Khalifa Sports City Stadium. The CanWNT will have another friendly this month against Brazil. This game also marks the fifth straight time Canada has won a game, which included the two wins against Australia. This included the 2-1 win, the CanWNT got over Australia, where Leon scored two goals.
As mentioned previously, both teams will meet up on November 15 in São Paulo at Quimica Arena. That game will kick off at 1:15 p.m. ET and will be shown live on OneSoccer and Telus. This will also likely be the CanWNT’s last game of the year.
Photo Credit: Canada Soccer EN’s Twitter Account on November 11, 2022.