Water Polo Canada

07/20/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/20/2019 08:56

Canadian women come up short against the Dutch.

(Gwangju, Korea - July 20, 2019) - The Canadian women's team came up short in a close battle against the Netherlands at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju. With a spot in the quarterfinals on the line, Canada's defence was brilliant from start to finish. After a 0-0 first quarter, the Dutch had a 4-2 lead after the second quarter. The Canadian women slowly came back into the match but ran out of time and saw Holland record the 5-4 win.

Neither of the teams was able to find the back of the net in the first quarter. The Dutch broke the tie with two quick goals in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but Hayley McKelvey answered back for the Canadians to make it 2-1. The Netherlands added two more goals before of the end of the quarter to show a 4-2 lead at halftime.

Fantastic work by the Canadian goalkeeper, Jessica Gaudreault, combined with a solid defence, helped Canada come back into the match. Emma Wright netted her second of the day to make it a one-goal game (4-3) at the end of the third quarter.

Sabrina Van der Sloot converted a penalty early in the fourth quarter to extend Holland's lead. Kyra Christmas tallied one on the Canadian power play to put back her team within one goal with five minutes on the clock. The Canadian defence stepped up once again as Canada work to get the equalizer. However, the Dutch, helped by goalkeeper, Joanne Koenders, stopped the Canadian attempts to earn the 5-4 win and move on the quarterfinal stage.

'It's never easy to meet one of the best European teams at the start of the playoff round, especially the Dutch who are ranked first in Europe right now. I am still proud of our team, because we have shown that we deserve to be among the best. Our defence was fantastic, but unfortunately we missed some opportunities on offence. Despite this result, we are still on the right track to achieve our objectives for the summer,' commented Krystina Alogbo.

Canada will face China on Monday, July 22 at 11:00 am local time / 10:00 pm ET (July 21) to determine the 9th-12th standings.

NETHERLANDS 5 - 4 CANADA (0-0, 4-2, 0-1, 1-1)

Gaudreault, Alogbo, Crevier, E. Wright (2), Eggens, McKee, Bekhazi, Lemay-Lavoie, McKelvey (1), Christmas (1), Paul, Fournier, C. Wright.