ANALYSIS + HIGHLIGHTS: CanWNT vs. Jamaica (Olympic qualifying, Leg 2)
The CanWNT will get a chance to defend their Olympic gold medal next summer in France, as they booked their spot at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics with a 2-1 win over Jamaica at BMO Field on Tuesday, defeating the Reggae Girlz 4-1 on aggregate in Concacaf Olympic qualifying action.
After picking up a 2-0 win on the road in Kingston on Friday, Canada did well to finish the job in this game, ensuring that they'll return to a fifth straight Olympics, having medalled in the last three editions of that tournament.
Yet, while they booked their spot comfortably in the end, Jamaica did provide a bit of an early scare, as they opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. Having won a free kick in a dangerous position, Drew Spence stepped up to take it, and she made no mistake with a perfect attempt to cut Canada's aggregate lead to 2-1.
Despite that setback, however, Canada did well to respond immediately, as they hit the crossbar twice in a short span. First, Canada almost forced an own goal off the corner, only finding themselves denied by the bar, before Ashley Lawrence sent a powerful shot off the hands of Jamaica's goalkeeper, Rebecca Spence, and off that same bar and out for a corner just moments later.
On the ensuing corner, however, Adriana Leon would send in a dangerous ball, and Cloé Lacasse would rise highest to meet it, nodding home an equalizer, one that put Canada up 3-1 on aggregate in the 39th minute.
Then, in the second half, Canada pulled away in the 50th minute, as Ashley Lawrence found Jordyn Huitema with a great cross, one that Huitema would nod home to all but seal the tie.
From there, Canada would ride the wave of the sell-out crowd of 29 212 people, a record for a Canadian National Team match at BMO Field, to the 4-1 win on aggregate, completing their Olympic qualification in style.
Above, Andi Petrillo, Jessica Lisi and Jordan Wilson break down Canada's comprehensive victory, while below are your match highlights.