Canada Women’s Soccer Team End 2022 with a Loss to Brazil

The Canada Women's Soccer Team loses at the Neo Química Arena

On Tuesday afternoon in São Paulo, Brazil there were 15,000 fans at the Neo Química Arena. In that game, the Canadian women’s national soccer team lost to the hosts 2-1.

The Canada Women’s Soccer Team Ends 2022 with a Loss

Canada Women’s Soccer Team Head Coach on the Loss

Brazil took the lead in the 42-minute as Beatriz was able to get a ball past Kailen Sheridan (source: OneSoccer’s Twitter Account). However, in the 61-minute, Canada was awarded a penalty where Ashley Lawrence scored from the spot to level the match (source: OneSoccer’s Twitter Account). The home side scored a late winner in added time when Ana Vitoria beat Sheridan to give Brazil the win.

After the match, we got to hear from Beverly Priestman who gave her thoughts on the match and ended the year with a loss.

“I’m obviously disappointed not to get the win she said.” “We switched off and that’s a learning and that’s why we are here, and these teams punish you in those moments, but there are some positives but in all honesty, we would have liked to get the win.”

Beverly Priestman on Lessons from the Game

Canada was entering the game looking for a sixth straight win. Their previous loss dates back to the 2022 Concacaf W Championship Final in Mexico against the U.S. but saw their streak snapped by the South Americans.

“There have been lessons across both games and that’s the important thing to go after results and we wanted to do some great learnings that we won’t do again and we have to keep growing, keep climbing and I still think we can hit another level but we are excited for 2023.”

Shelina Zadorsky on the Loss

Shelina Zadorsky, who scored the opening goal in the first game last Friday and admits not getting six wins in a row was a tough pill to swallow.

“It’s frustrating she said.” “To concede on a set piece in the last minute but those are fixes we can make before next year.” She was also asked to sum up the trip to Brazil as a whole and thinks it was good but there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Honestly, what I think is how we fought in the second half to create chances and score on the penalty and I think we could have capitalized on our chances a bit earlier and then relieve some of the pressure and goals we can fix and we have learned a lot and still be positive about the trip and looking into next year.”

Canada had a bit of a scare today near the end of the game as Nichelle Prince who has been quite the standout for the team landed awkwardly on her leg and needed to be taken off on a stretcher after the match, Priestman confirmed she was waiting on an update.

“She looked in a lot of pain and Nich is massive for this team and I know our teammates were concerned about her and that shows what this team is about I obviously don’t have an update and the medics are looking at her and she played fantastic in both games so fingers crossed.”

The 2022 CanWNT Year Ends

The team will now take some time off and the next scheduled international window is in February with three matches to be confirmed at a later date. The CanWNT will also play hosts Australia and also the Republic of Ireland and Nigeria in their FIFA Women’s World Cup group. The Canadians have faced Australia and Nigeria two times each this year. They got two wins on the road against Australia while getting one win at BC Place and a draw at Starlight Stadium against Nigeria.

Photo Credit: CAN Soccer’s WNT’s Twitter Account on November 15, 2022.