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How Ecuadorian Women's Soccer Made History in 2014

How Ecuadorian Women's Soccer Made History in 2014

Posted by Shanelle Weir on February 06, 2015

Ecuadorian women's soccer team was catapulted to the World Cup to be held in Canada from June 6 to July 5 next year by a Monica Quinteros's goal with a header in injury time.

The goal of the 26-year player was the only one scored in the two games played by Ecuadorian team against Trinidad and Tobago in the fight for the last ticket to the Canadian finals, as the first ended in a goalless draw.

Although suffered, as suffered was also the access to playoff against the Trinidadians, the classification was celebrated in style in the South American country, which now boasts of rubbing shoulders with the elite of international soccer in all categories, after participating in three men's World Cup, and the U-20 and U-17 tournaments.

The Ecuadorian women's "Tri" began to weave its World Cup dreams in Copa America that played host in last September, and where it earned the right to go the playoffs, after a spectacular recovery against Argentina in the final game of the regional competition.

The third place achieved in that tournament, with a very modest performance: just three wins against four defeats, and seven goals scored, also gave them another historic ticket, since for the first time the Ecuadorian women's soccer is going to participate in the Pan American Games, whose 17th edition will be held next year in the Canadian city of Toronto.

Our work was always very serious and planned, that's why the results. It hasn't been a long process, but we got the biggest goal to be achieved, said the coach of the women's team, Vanessa Arauz, to the newspaper The Telegraph, after qualifying for the World Cup.

For the dean of public media in the country, "the ranking to the World Cup represents a milestone in women's soccer, which, in spite of the little backing and support, managed to get among the best 24 teams in the world." 

In the finals, however, the Ecuadorians will face a difficult task, since the fickle draw placed them in the group of the defending champion, Japan, as well as Cameroon and Switzerland.

At any rate, as highlighted by The Telegraph, Ecuador is already in the elite of world women's soccer, while at regional level its team will be responsible for representing South America in Canada 2015, along with Brazil and Colombia.

For the North Confederation, Central America and the Caribbean will be the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Canadian hostesses, while Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and New Zealand will represent Africa, Asia and Oceania.

England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden complete the list of ranked teams, representing Europe.

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