USA victorious over Canada in CISM Football Cup

By Armed Forces Sports | Armed Forces Sports | June 10, 2016

June 7, 2016 - Rennes, France --

The U.S. Armed Forces women’s team found their rhythm is spectacular fashion on Saturday at Albert Chenard Stadium and defeated their friendly regional rivals Canada 4-3 in overtime. 

France hosted the 2016 Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Women’s Football (Soccer) Cup in Rennes from May 24th through June 5th.

Marine 1st Lt. Kate Herren got the U.S. off to a quick start with a ninth-minute goal on a long shot that floated over the Canadian goalkeeper and Navy Lt. Michelle Moeller pounded a header off of a corner kick in the 27th-minute to give the U.S. a healthy lead. 

Rather than stepping down, Canada struck back with goals by Renee MacLellan and Michelle Hamilton in the 43rd and 60th minutes. 

The U.S. sent wave after wave against the Canadian defense until Army 2nd lt. Harley Spier scored her third goal of the tournament with a charging header to give the Americans the lead once again. With victory in sight, Canada’s Amelie Nadeau spoiled the celebration after taking advantage of a U.S. defensive miscue and knocked in the tying goal in the 88th-minute.

Each fighting for their first win of the tournament, Canada and USA traded shots on goal bringing the crowd to their feet in anticipation. In the 27th-minute of overtime, Navy Lt. Christy Hagedorn struck a one-hop pass from fellow sailor Lt. Richelle Magalhaes to give the U.S. the deciding goal to win 4-3.

“Played very hard throughout this whole tournament and its nice to go out with a victory”, said Hagedorn.

“We practiced together for two weeks and came to France, but have never played together before that, so we progressed very quickly and really fought hard and came together very quickly as a team.”

THE JOURNEY

Both the U.S. and Canada trained only weeks before heading to the world stage and faced teams that have been together for months prior to the tournament. The dynamics of the way the military teams train and compete vary among nations. For the U.S. and Canada, players assemble from across the globe for a short period of time prior to competing at CISM. Mission and operational tempo dictate whether Service members are available to participate from year-to-year. 

When asked about this dynamic, Hagedorn said, “It is what is it”. “What you saw were two teams that did not have a lot of preparation time, but really came together and fought hard. The Canadians fought hard throughout the tournament. We’re going to celebrate with the Canadians. It was a great match.”

Throughout the tournament, the U.S. faced stiff opposition, but did not go down without a fight. The U.S. lost their opening match versus Germany 2-0 and lost to South Korea won 4-1 in their second match, but it was not an easy match for the Koreans.

In their final match of pool play, Brazil racked up three quick early goals. The U.S. settled down and Spier scored back-to-back goals in the 83rd and 93rd minutes. 

Overall, USA finished seventh place overall.

FRANCE WINS

France dominated the tournament crushing Netherlands, Canada and Cameroon by scoring six goals in each match.  After defeating South Korea in the Semi-finals, France was victorious against defending champions Brazil to win the Cup 2-1.

Final Standings:

1st – France

2nd – Brazil

3rd – South Korea

4th – Cameroon

5th – Netherlands

6th – Germany

7th – USA

8th – Canada