(Sep 30, 2016) Eastside FC's Hannah Taylor got the game-winner for the Canadian Women's National Team in their Group-B opener of the FIFA Women's U17 World Cup today in Jordan. It had taken just three minutes for the Canadian to get their first goal, but Cameroon followed with two goals to take the lead before halftime. It wasn't until the 76th minute the Canucks were able to draw even after the Cameroon keeper conceded a penalty. Five minutes later, Defender Hannah Taylor had her chance: she finished with a beautiful header on a well-placed corner kick to put the Canucks on top of Group B, ahead of Germany on goals scored.
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Hannah Taylor plays for Eastside FC G98 Red, Washington state champs at U15, U16 and U17 and national champs at U14, coached by Tom Bialek. "What a great accomplishment for Hannah," he says. "She enjoys herself every time she steps on the field and has never shied away from working hard or being open to ideas on how she can improve. She is a great example of being ready when opportunity knocks. In May, she was not even on Canada's radar. Then, through her performance on the field, the Canadian coaches caught wind of her and invited her up to a training. It all happened very fast, but she was ready to perform at her best, and has taken full advantage of the opportunity."
Taylor, a citizen of both the US and Canada, first joined the Canadian U17 National Team two months ago for a trip to China where the young women faced Japan and New Zealand in a four-nation international tournament to get ready for the World Cup. She only just learned she made the final roster less than a week before wheels up to Jordan. You can follow the young defender's journey on Twitter (#CANW17 and @CanadaSoccerEN).