Dutch draw for Canada as its World Cup group stage comes to a close

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Head coach John Herdman demanded an early spark in the final group stage match of the Women’s World Cup in Montreal on Monday. His squad delivered just that but couldn’t hold on, drawing 1-1 against the Netherlands.

Ashley Lawrence scored the goal for Canada at the 10th minute, a strike that was equalized by Kirsten van de Ven just three minutes from regulation for Netherlands. Canada finished Group A with five points (a win and two draws), scoring twice while conceding once in three matches.

Four minutes before Lawrence’s first-ever international goal on the senior squad, Sophie Schmidt nearly gave Canada the lead with a header resulting from a Dutch giveaway at the back. The ball struck the top of the crossbar, keeping Canada off the scoresheet.

Canadian players celebrate Ashley Lawrence's goal against Netherlands at the FIFA Women's World Cup on January 15, 2015. Canadian players celebrate Ashley Lawrence’s goal against Netherlands at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on June 15, 2015.

It wouldn’t take long…

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