Canada Wins Gold at 2023 FIFA U-18 Women’s World Championship

Canada won gold at the 2023 FIFA U-18 Women’s World Championship, beating hosts Sweden 10-0.

The win is Canada’s seventh in 15 years, putting it one behind the United States for the all-time record. The two teams have combined for each championship, with Canada winning three of the last four titles.

Sweden’s silver medal is its second in tournament history after winning the second in 2018. Sweden is the most successful bronze medalist in tournament history with six third-place finishes.

The United States won bronze earlier in the day after beating Finland 5-0.

A five-goal first period – led by a hat-trick for Caitlin Kraemer – dictated the pace of the game. Kraemer scored the first two goals less than 30 seconds apart before Alexia Aubin made it 3-0. Piper Grober’s goal at 10:01 made it 4-0, and Kraemer capped it with his third of the game at 12:00 – a period that saw Canada beat Sweden 14-3.

Aubin opened the second with a goal at 3:54 to make it 6-0, giving Canada one of its biggest leads of the tournament. Abby Lunney and Mackenzie Alexander scored their first goals of the game before the halfway mark of the second period to make it 8-0.

Charlotte Pieckenhagen scored her first goal of the tournament to open the third period. Kraemer’s 10th in the tournament near the halfway point of the third then made it 10-0, the goal tying him in second place behind Hayley Skarupa for the all-time lead.

14-year-old Slovak sensation Nela Lopusanova led the scoring race with nine goals and 12 points. Kraemer finished with the most goals with 10, her 11 points placing her second.

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