Nahomi Kawasumi and Aya Miyama each scored for Japan in a 2-1 win over Team Canada in the opening play of Group F action.
The Canadians got off to a solid start and played very competitive with the Japanese for the first half of the first half, but Kawasumi’s goal gave Japan definite momentum. Then late in the first half, Canadian goaltender Erin McLeod came out of her net, misplayed the soccer ball and Miyama scored an impressive header.
Questions are arising whether or not McLeod should have come out of her net to play the soccer ball. Three Canadian defenders were there in pretty good position but allowed Miyama to get her head on the ball.
In the second half, Japan nearly made the score 3-0, but Canadian defender Lauren Sesselmann made a brilliant defensive play to prevent the Japanese from scoring. Then moments later Melissa Tancredi of Hamilton pulled the Canadians within one.