Canada and former WVU center-back Kadeisha Buchanan is well-known on the international stage.
Buchanan first put her name in the international history books at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when her performance garnered her the tournament’s Best Young Player award alongside fellow Mountaineer Ashley Lawrence.
In this year’s edition of the tournament, the defender wasted no time making herself known with a goal just before halftime of Canada’s opening match against Cameroon.
With Lawrence also getting the start for Canada and fellow alumna Michaela Abam on the bench for Cameroon, this match had the attention of Mountaineer fans far and wide. This includes West Virginia women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, who made the 4,144-mile trip to Montpellier, France to see her former players compete up close.
Also keeping tabs on the match was Lisa Stoia, who played under Izzo-Brown from 2000-2003 and is currently a part of her coaching staff.
While Buchanan’s goal would be enough for the 1-0 victory, Canada would dominate Cameroon in nearly every statistical category. With the help of the full-back Lawrence’s ball skills on the outside, the Canadians would dominate ball possession over Cameroon, 65 percent to 35 percent. The Canadian defense also stifled much of Cameroon’s passing lanes, only allowing 53 percent of their passes to be completed.
Abam would not see any playing time from Cameroon’s bench.
Canada now sits at the top of the Group E table with 3 points, with the other two squads in their group — New Zealand and the Netherlands — kicking their runs off on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Cameroon will then face the Netherlands on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, while Canada will square off against New Zealand that afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.