Montevideo, Uruguay – Captain Jordan Houitma's big goal picked up Canada 1-0 against Germany on Sunday and first moved Canadian women to the FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinals.
The 17-year-old from Chiliwaak, BK, defeated two defenders to defeat the winner.
Canadians have never reached the final four of the U-17, losing to the quarterfinals in 2014, 2012 and 2008 (when it was defeated by Germany 3-1). Canada tied Germany 1-1 and 2-2 when they met in the 2016 and 2014 tournament billiards tournament.
The young Canadians will play Mexico, which has gathered in Ghana's penalty shootout on Sunday, the semi-final on Wednesday. Canada lost 2-1 against Mexicans in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Championship in June.
New Zealand faces Spain in the other semi-final on Wednesday. Like Mexico, both teams needed shootouts to reach the final four.
The only Canadian team, male or female, to perform better at the World Cup was in 2002 when Canada lost 1-0 after extra time in the United States in the first U-19 FIFA Championship (now the FIFA Championship U-20).
Canada had 58% of its possession in the first half, which saw only half a chance for Estradio Charrua. No team dared to attack.
Huiama had a rare chance in the 71st minute and was behind the marker, but her shot stopped.
Coach Rian Wilkinson, who returned to his list of first strings, made eight changes from the team who lost 5-0 to Spain in the last round ruby game. Canada came into this game, knowing she was already in the quarterfinals.
Only 11-year-old Kayla Novak, Lara Kazanjayan and Jade Rose stayed at the beginning.
Canada was backed by the return of Huitema from the suspension of a game. Huiama was eliminated 2-0 over Canada against South Korea for the elbow during an air challenge.
Kazandjian had Canada's first chance in the 33rd minute of Humeyama's football but the shot was easy to handle. Andersen Williams shot off in the 35th minute.
Canada attracted Germany in the quarterfinals after losing in Spain on Wednesday. This put him second in Group D. Germany then left the United States 4-0 to finish at Group B, ending the eight Canadian matches.
Canada left Colombia 3-0 and South Korea 2-0 in its first two tournament games. Germany beat North Korea 4-1 and lost 1-0 to Cameroon.
Twenty players on the Canadian list of 21 women saw action in the group stage, with goalkeeper Sophie Gilmetta still on the pitch.