13th WMC Women's Football - Fairchild Air Force Base - Washington (USA) - Day 12

 

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France Grazes Past Cameroon 2-1 to Seize Gold Medal at the 13th World Military Women’s Football Championship


FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, WASHINGTON (USA) - France bumped off Cameroon 2-1 to take the gold at the 13th World Military Women’s Football Championship in Spokane, Washington, July 22, 2022, the last day and the last game of the 11-day tournament.

 

French passing accuracy was stellar. France also outshot Cameroon 6-2 in the first half.

 

However, that didn’t stop Cameroon’s Bongben Confidence from scoring a goal in minute 24.

 

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France came back with a vengeance, with Rachel Corboz scoring a goal less than two minutes into the second half.

 

The goalkeeper for Cameroon, Annette Ngo Ndom, got a red card in minute 75 for a handball and she had to sit out the game with one player less for Cameroon.

 

At minute 79, Corboz scored another goal, clinching the game.

 

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For Cameroon, this was the first time an African nation medaled in the championship.

 

Leading up to the medal games, both Cameroon and France were undefeated.

 

Rewatch the full game between Cameroon and France: 

 


Korea wins bronze, Americans finish fourth !


FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, WASHINGTON (USA) - Behind stifling defense by its backline and two goals by Jeongmin Lee, Korea earned its third CISM bronze medal at the 2022 WMC Women’s Football, defeating the United States, 3-0.

 

Hyuna Park scored on a header in the 50th minute and Lee netted the final score off her left foot in the 67th minute, knocking the ball past U.S. keeper Jen Hiddink.

 

The Korean defenders successfully marked U.S. top goal scorer Haley Roberson most of the contest after allowing an early scoring chance. For the first time in the tournament, the Americans did not score a goal.

 

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Seconds into the game, U.S. Air Force Capt. Morgan Roberts sped past the Korean backline on the right side and fed a cross to Roberson. Roberson, a first lieutenant in the Army, barely missed the scoring chance when her right-footed attempt hit the upper crossbar.

 

After Roberson’s miss, Korea (4-1) would deploy its style of controlling the tempo and pace.

 

The U.S. opportunities would be few and far between as Korea outshot the U.S. 10-2 in the first half. The Americans earned a corner kick attempt in the 33rd minute, but couldn’t generate a shot.

 

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Jeongmin Lee hit the go-head score in the 22nd minute, catching a rebound off a deflection by U.S. Midfielder Erin Speer.

 

U.S. Goalkeeper Jen Hiddink, who starred at the Air Force Academy made some critical saves in the first half, including snuffing a header attempt by Korea in the 27th minute as the U.S. trailed 1-0.

 

In the second half, after the Koreans scored, U.S. forward Kailey Utley, Roberts and Roberson all had shot attempts in the second half that fell wide of the mark.

 

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Although the U.S. women (3-2) will finish a disappointing fourth, the program has raised its level of play in Spokane after the team didn’t record a win at the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan, China.

 

With a new fusion of talent such as Roberson, Utley Marine Corps 1st Lt. Katie Gernsbacher, and others the U.S. avenged its 2019 loss to the Germans with a 2-1 victory in Spokane. The American women showcased their offensive capabilities with a 10-0 rout of Belgium in their opening match behind Roberson’s hat trick and two goals from Kailey Utley.

 

Rewatch the full game between USA and Korea: 

 

 

In the other classification games of the day, Belgium defeated Canada 2/1 for the Place 9 Game, the Netherlands crushed Ireland /1 in the Place 7 Game while Germany won 1/0 against Mali in the Place 5 Game.

 

Closing ceremonies cap largest ever women's military football tourney

 

Military football teams from three continents represented the top three finishers of the 2022 WMC Women’s Football, including the first African country to win a silver medal.

 

Fairchild Air Force Base hosted this year’s CISM World Military Women’s Football Championship. The tourney featured a CISM-record 10 teams, from the far east of Asia, to western Africa and western Europe.

 

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“Congratulations to all 10 teams for an outstanding competition,” said the U.S. Chief of Delegation to CISM Steven Dinote during closing ceremonies Friday. “You guys played fantastic [with] great sportsmanship throughout the whole tournament. What a great day for CISM; we have three nations from three different continents receiving medals.”

 

France, the only undefeated squad in the field, received the gold after beating Cameroon in a 2-1 thriller in the championship match Friday.

 

Cameroon, a French-speaking nation of about 26 million in central-west Africa, took the silver medal. Korea, which defeated the United States 3-0 in the third place game, received the bronze.

 

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Ebika Tabe with her 8 goals including a record five during the first half of her team’s 8-0 win over Belgium on July 19, won the Top Goal Scorer award.

 

The Best Goalkeeper Award went to Annette Flore Ngo Ndom, also from Cameroon, who only allowed one goal during the tournament.

 

Team Canada earned the Team Fair Play award.

 

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Korean Army Staff Sgt. Yena Park, a midfielder who impacted both sides of the ball for the Koreans, won the Most Valuable Player award.

 

Thank you USA for this amazing edition of the 13th WMC Women's Football and see you soon !

 

More info on the USA Delegation to CISM website and on the Fairchild Air Force Base host website.

 

All the Games will be livestreamed on the Youtube Channel of the US Armed Forces Sports !

 

All the pictures of the event are available on the Armed Forces Sports Flickr Account !


(Source: https://armedforcessports.defense.gov/)

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