LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – Janine Beckie helped keep Canada alive in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Friday evening, scoring the opening goal and later providing the game-winning assist in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Finland in front of over 16,000 fans at Toronto’s National Soccer Stadium.
Beckie came off the bench to the start the second half and immediately went to work on the attack. She found the back of the net just three minutes into the period, knocking in a Nichelle Prince cross that bounced off the post and found its way past the goal line.
The goal was the spark Canada needed in front of its home crowd as Valerie Sanderson provided the equalizer just two minutes later off another cross by Prince. Sanderson, like Beckie, was another halftime substitute by Canada head coach Andrew Olivieri.
The two teams traded chanced until the 80th minute when Beckie once again went on the attack. Beckie took a long throw in down the left side and fought off a Finland defender in the box to fire a liner towards the far post that was saved by goalkeeper Vera Varis.
Varis was unable to collect the ball, however, giving Prince a wide open chance to tap in the game-winner. Beckie was credited with an assist on the goal after barely missing on her second goal of the night.
Beckie’s opening goal was the first for Canada in the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup after Ghana handed Canada a 1-0 setback in the World Cup opener this past Tuesday.
The victory over Finland boosted Canada’s chances of advancing from pool play and into the quarterfinal round heading into next Tuesday’s finale against Korea DPR, the group leader with two victories already over both Ghana and Finland.
Canada must defeat Korea and hope for a Ghana loss or draw to advance. The Canadians can also move on to the knockout stage with a draw against Korea and a Ghana loss.
The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening from Olympic Stadium in Montreal with television coverage provided on ESPN3.com.