Sophie Schmidt (#13) celebrates with teammates after scoring in Canada's win over visiting England in an international friendly on May 29, 2015, in Hamilton. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)
HAMILTON, Canada – In its last match before hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Canada defeated visiting England 1-0 on Friday before a crowd of 23,197 at Tim Hortons Field.
The win snapped Canada’s four-game losing streak to the English, including a 1-0 setback in the final of the Cyprus Women’s Cup on March 11.
Sophie Schmidt, making her 132nd international appearance, netted the only goal with a brilliant volley. In the 23rd minute, Josee Belanger’s right-sided cross to the edge of the 18-yard box found the 26-year-old, who first-timed a right-footed curling shot into the top left corner – beyond the reach of goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.
England’s best chance came in the 87th minute, when second-half substitute Fara Williams hit the crossbar from distance.
Canada will have for one more training session in Toronto and then fly to Edmonton on Tuesday to prepare for its World Cup opener on June 6 against China.
WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
May 29, 2015: Hamilton, Canada – Tim Hortons Field (Att: 23,197)
Canada 1 (Sophie Schmidt 23’)
Canada: Erin McLeod; Kadeisha Buchanan, Josee Belanger, Lauren Sesselmann (Carmelina Moscato 60’), Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Melissa Tancredi, Alysha Chapman, Adriana Leon (Jessie Fleming 76’), Ashley Lawrence (Kaylyn Kyle 76’). Head Coach: John Herdman
England: Karen Bardsley; Claire Rafferty (Alex Greenwood 62’), Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Karen Carney (Jade Moore 83’), Lucy Bronze, Casey Stoney, Katie Chapman (Fran Kirby 73’), Toni Duggan, Lianne Sanderson (Eniola Aluko 62’), Ellen White (Fara Williams 62’). Head Coach: Mark Sampson
R: Cardella Samuels (Jamaica); AR 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA); AR 2: Antonette Williams (Jamaica); 4th: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)