Abbotsford’s Schmidt, Canada defeat New Zealand 2-0

Canada returns to the pitch on Thursday against Netherlands

Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt and the Team Canada women’s soccer team have advanced to the group of 16 after a 2-0 win over New Zealand in France on Saturday.

Canada got goals from Jessie Fleming (48th minute) and Nichelle Prince (79th minute) to improve to 2-0 in group play.

“We performed very well and I am very happy about this team performance,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s women’s national team head coach. “We know they can do even better. They are stepping up, they are stepping in, but there is more to this team than we showed (Saturday).”

Schmidt has played all 180 minutes for Canada so far, and has covered a distance of 20.4 kilometres.

For Canada, the victory over New Zealand marked the first time in its FIFA Women’s World Cup history that the team has defeated a confederation champion.

Undefeated in 10 straight matches, Canada ties its second-longest undefeated streak with the victory.

Canada concludes group play on Thursday against the Netherlands (2-0). They would secure top place in the group with a win. A tie or loss on Thursday would drop Canada to second place behind the Netherlands.

For more on the tournament, visit fifa.com/womensworldcup.

Just Posted

Westbound traffic goers on Highway 1 are having a rough morning

Two separate incidents have congested the commute

VIDEO: Abbotsford police surprise teen with gift after her bike was stolen

Girl’s bike was swiped off the family porch the morning of her birthday

Man who drove vehicle into parking lot post at Abbotsford arena must pay deductible, tribunal rules

Man said he couldn’t see post, but tribunal rules he should have been paying attention

Abbotsford Panthers celebrate 35th anniversary of title with win

Panthers come from behind to defeat Notre Dame, Mouat edges Bateman in exhibition action

Two parks left in contest to crown Abbotsford’s favourite; Round 4 bracket results

After four rounds, one park chosen to face-off against Mill Lake Park in final

‘It’s almost surreal’: B.C. fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

‘Time to take action:’ Children advocates call for national youth suicide strategy

Council wants Ottawa to make reporting of suicides and attempted suicides mandatory for data collection

Canadian inflation decelerates to 1.9% as gas prices weaken

August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Victoria father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

B.C. population on pace to fall behind Alberta

Provincial population could reach almost seven million in 2043, but Alberta is growing faster

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

B.C. Ferries wants input on concepts for a Horseshoe Bay terminal re-design

Ferry corporation accepting public feedback until Oct. 13

Most Read