Coaticook soccer star playing in World Cup
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.