Tech’s Beckie’s run ends in Germany
Janine Beckie’s run at the FIFA U-20 World Cup came to an end Saturday evening as Canada fell to Germany, 2-0, in the tournament quarterfinal match at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
Canada fell in an early hole thanks to a Pauline Bremer goal in the 24th minute. Germany put the match away late in the second half with a Rebecca Knaak goal in the 82nd minute.
“(The loss) is heart wrenching. The game can be cruel and today it was,” Beckie said. “Germany was a great side and scored two good goals. This journey has been incredible and one I’ll never forget. I have learned so much more then I could have imagined and I have grown into a better and more dynamic player.”
Beckie ended her first career World Cup as Canada’s top scorer, netting a pair of goals while providing an assist as well. She scored in each of the past two matches, including the game-winner against North Korea that advanced Canada into the knockout stage.
“I’m devastated this adventure is over but the future of Canada Soccer is long and bright,” Beckie said. “This is a new family that I will always remember.”
The quarterfinal match was played at the same time as Beckie’s teammates battled No. 25 Denver in an exhibition match at Denver. The Red Raiders won that contest, 2-1.