Womens Soccer

Canada 0, New Zealand 0

Date of competition: Thursday, June 11, 2015

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New Zealand, which features Stanford grad Ali Riley on defense, played host Canada to a scoreless draw Thursday in group play at the FINA Women's World Cup in Edmonton.

The Canadians took over the top spot in Group A with one match remaining to play in the first stage, though they still need a strong effort against the Netherlands to advance into the Round of 16.

New Zealand finds itself on the brink of elimination and remains winless in 11 games at the World Cup.

The Ferns are in a must-win situation in Tuesday' match against China. A Canadian victory over the Netherlands would also help.

"At the final whistle we were really disappointed we didn't come away with the win," New Zealand coach Tony Readings said. "We felt like we did enough. But we're still happy with the way we played. We have one more game with China coming up and if we play the way we did today we have every chance of progressing to the next round."

The match was delayed about a half hour early because of heavy rain and lightning.

New Zealand missed a penalty kick midway through the first period, its best shot at scoring.

posted by Rick on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm

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