The Canadian women’s national soccer team defeated the England Lionesses 2-0 in an international friendly yesterday. The event happened in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
CBC Sports reports that Evelyne Viens opened up the game early, with a third-minute goal putting the Canadians ahead. Nichelle Prince scored in the final minutes of the game, during the 87′, giving the Canadians a 2-0 victory.
The Canadian women now have two clean sheets during this April camp against Wales and England, with five goals scored between both games.
The team was able to accomplish both victories without two of their best players. Team captain Christine Sinclair was injured early on in the Wales friendly, and the doctors didn’t clear Kadeisha Buchanan due to a COVID-19 outbreak from her club team, Lyon.
With the two starters unable to play, other players could step up to the plate. Viens took over Sinclair’s number 9 position against England, and Vanessa Gilles replaced Buchanan’s centre-back role.
Coach Bev Priestman, who took over the team in 2020, has given the players new motivation, CBC reports.
The Canadians have some momentum with only four months before the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The team ranks eighth in the world.