Rachel Lamarre Makes History

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Published Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Laval teen Rachel Lamarre makes international soccer history

Goal against New Zealand is a first of firsts for Canada and the world

par Hugo Morissette
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Laval teen Rachel Lamarre makes international soccer history
History-making Rachel Lamarre is pictured here in USL W-League action this past summer. Rachel, who's from Laval where she honed her soccer skills, scored an historic first-ever goal in FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup Competition, boosting Canada to a groundbreaking 1-0 conquest of New Zealand. (Photo: Martin Alarie)
Laval teen Rachel Lamarre makes international soccer history
Goal against New Zealand is a first of firsts for Canada and the world
Scoring the only goal in Canada's 1-0 win over New Zealand, Laval teen Rachel Lamarre made instant history as she was responsible for Canada posting the first-ever win in the history books of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup (a new competition).
The 17-year-old midfielder, who plays for the Laval Comètes of the USL's W-League, pushed her way up the centre, evaded two defenders, and drilled a shot past New Zealand goalkeeper Victoria Esson for the lone goal of the match, in the 53rd minute, giving Canada a lead they would never relinquish.

Lamarre scored a few minutes after she missed an opportunity to break the scoreless tie, just after the restart. In the 47th minute, with her back to the net an attempt with her back heel went just tantalizingly wide of the target.

New Zealand's best chance to equalize came in the 70th minute, when a thirty-yard free kick by Caitlin Campbell hit the crossbar and soared out of danger.

Canada had several chances to double its lead late in the game. With Rachel Lamarre once again leading the attack, carrying the ball into the New Zealand box where, however, the Canadians could just not find the back of the net. The closest they came on this last-minute flurry was an Annick Maltais shot which bounced off the crossbar.
No letting up
Desperate for a tying goal, New Zealand pressed the Canadian defense right into injury time, but Canadian 'keeper Geneviève Richard was up to the task, first punching out a dangerous corner kick and then outplaying Hannah Wall on the last New Zealand push, forcing the attacker to sail the ball over the crossbar.
Second goal in international play
This was Rachel Lamarre's second international goal for Canada, her first coming in the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship this past July in Trinidad and Tobago, where she scored in Canada's 3-0 win against Puerto Rico.
In the win against New Zealand, Canadian 'keeper Geneviève Richard posted her first international clean sheet, stopping four shots in the historic Canadian victory. Canada continued its quest for U-17 supremacy in women's international soccer this past Saturday, November 1, in a game against South American champions Columbia.

This was the first-ever women's U-17 match between Canada and New Zealand. At the U-20 level, the two countries recently played to a 1-1 draw at the Four Nations Cup in Chile. In senior competition, Canada has dominated New Zealand, scoring 4 wins and 2 draws, losing only once.

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