Beckie Returns to Canada for Pan American Games

Beckie Returns to Canada for Pan American Games

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior forward Janine Beckie will rejoin the Canadian Women’s National Team on Saturday when Canada opens the Pan American Games against Ecuador at CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.

Canada is slated to open the Pan American Games with a 6 p.m. CT kickoff in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium will be the host of all 32 matches of the tournament.

The Pan American Games consist of a pool play format of eight total teams with the top two in each bracket advancing to the semifinals. Canada is also paired with Costa Rica and Brazil in addition to Ecuador.

Canada will also face Costa Rica next Wednesday before closing pool play on July 19 against Brazil. The Pan American Games are slated to conclude on July 25 with the gold medal match.

Beckie, the 2014 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, has been a regular in Canada during her offseason with the Red Raiders. She participated in several international tournaments, including the BaoAn Cup where she netted her first career international goal against Korea.

Beckie, who has made five career appearances with the full international team, spent the entire spring semester in residency in Canada where she trained daily with the full national team. She recently returned from a brief camp with Canada’s Under-23 squad.

The two-time All-American will return to Lubbock soon after the Pan American Games to prepare for her senior season which she enters as Texas Tech’s all-time leader in career goals and game-winning goals.

The Red Raiders open the 2015 season on Aug. 21 against USC in the Lobo Invitational hosted by New Mexico. Texas Tech will also face the host Lobos on Aug. 23.

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