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Jordyn Huitema headed to CWOQ final with 7 goals

Huitema scores 7th CWOQ goal to fire Canada in Tokyo 2020

February 8, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
Just a little over a week ago, Christine Sinclair scored her 185th goal surpassing Abby Wambach to become the world’s international top goal scorer. But I’m not sure what Canadians should be celebrating more. Either Sinclair’s record or the fact that her prodigy, Jordyn Huitema, is on fire and pretty much just getting started with her career.

The 18-year-old striker heads to the final of the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifiers as the tournament's top scorer with seven goals to her name. All in all, her stature standing at almost 6-feet-tall, speed, footwork, finishing and eye for goal makes her one of the most gifted forwards around the world.

Paris Saint Germain was quick to notice her talents and allowed her to play for the team without signing a professional contract IN 2016. The goal was for her to develop at a professional level and for her to keep college eligibility. Nonetheless, instead of developing in a four-year college program, PSG Feminines placed a four-year contract on the table with a pen beside it and the young Canadian did not hesitate to sign it.

Now, the Chilliwack, British Columbia native has shown the world what she's all about scoring seven goals in the span of four matches.

Testing the waters

Huitema's first came in Canada's 11-0 thrashing over Saint Kitts and Nevis. She was introduced to the match in 47th minute coming on for none other than Sinclair. And the young Canadian did not disappoint scoring a diving header amongst traffic from a corner kick.

Ruthlessness

Next came the match against Jamaica and I'm sure the Reggae Girlz will never forget the name, Jordyn Huitema, as she scored five goals in a 9-0 victory. The #9 kicked things off for the Canadians scoring her first in the 10th minute. And it wasn't until the 55th minute with a scoreline of 4-0 when Huitema struck again, and again, and again, and again. Two headers and two tap-ins. Of course, she did not do this alone. Manchester City's Janine Beckie and the Gators' Deanne Rose combined well on plenty of occasions to keep the goals coming in.

Adversity and glory

The Canadians fought through a 2-0 win over Mexico where the young Canadian played closing 30 minutes without finding the back of the net. But her performances impressed manager Kenneth Heiner-Moller enough to summon Huitema in the most important match of the tournament, and again, she did not disappoint. After 72 minutes of a grueling soccer performance from Costa Rica and the two-time bronze medal winners, Canada, Rose linked up with Huitema once again and found the winner. A bit of a lucky goal as her first attempt hit the post and came right back to her before securely scoring.

She remained humble, honest and mature during her post-match interview. A good sign for such a young professional player.

At this point, luck or no luck, we know what this young star is capable of. Do not be surprised if she starts in the final against the USWNT on February 9, at 6 p.m. ET.


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