Coat­i­cook soc­cer star play­ing in World Cup

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

There­are three Que­bec women play­ing on Canada’s Na­tional Women’s soc­cer team as they head into the 2015 FIFA World Cup, be­ing held in six cities across Canada from June 6th to July 5th. One of those three is Coat­i­cook’s own Joseé Be­langer, who be­gan play­ing with the Coat­i­cook Soc­cer Club at age five, mov­ing on to the elite Sher­brooke teams in her teen years.

Ms. Be­langer, who missed out on the 2011 World Cup be­cause of a foot in­jury, has ex­celled on the na­tional team win­ning a sil­ver medal with Canada at the XIV Pan Amer­i­can Games, Santo Domingo, in 2003, af­ter the team lost 1:2 to Brazil in the fi­nal; win­ning a gold medal at the 2004 CON­CA­CAF Women's Un­der20 Cham­pi­onship, fin­ish­ing fifth with Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Thai­land, 2004; and win­ning a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 CON­CA­CAF cham­pi­onship/World Cup qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment.

In last Fri­day night’s friendly warm-up match be­tween Canada and Eng­land that saw the Cana­di­ans win 1 to 0, the Coat­i­cook na­tive was cred­ited with the as­sist, send­ing a beau­ti­ful cross over to So­phie Sch­midt for the game’s only goal.

The World Cup games will be broad­cast on CTV, TSN and RDS.

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