Beck, Team Canada finish fourth at World University Futsal Championship

Shelby Beck (2) poses with her Team Canada mates prior to their first game at the World University Futsal Championship. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

Shelby Beck (2) poses with her Team Canada mates prior to their first game at the World University Futsal Championship. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

Shelby Beck, a five-year standout with the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer program, is in Goiania, Brazil this week as a member of Team Canada at the World University Futsal Championships. We’ll be following her progress and updating this page with game-by-game results.

July 10: Portugal 6, Canada 0 (bronze medal game)

Team Canada huddles prior to Sunday's bronze medal game vs. Portugal. (FotoJump / wucfutsal.com)

Team Canada huddles prior to Sunday’s bronze medal game vs. Portugal. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

Portugal denied Team Canada a podium finish at the World University Futsal Championships, prevailing 6-0 in Sunday’s bronze medal game in Goiania, Brazil.

The Portuguese side led 1-0 at the end of a closely contested first half, but broke through with five goals after the break to win comfortably.

Nevertheless, fourth place was a strong result for Canada, which was participating in the FISU (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) women’s futsal championship for the first time.

UFV's Shelby Beck chases down a loose ball during Saturday's semifinal vs. Russia. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

UFV’s Shelby Beck chases down a loose ball during Saturday’s semifinal vs. Russia. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

July 9: Russia 6, Canada 0 (semifinals)

Russia ended Team Canada’s gold medal hopes with a 6-0 win in Saturday’s semifinals, but Shelby Beck and company still have a shot at a podium finish at the World University Futsal Championships.

Group B first-place finisher Russia built a 2-0 lead at halftime and pulled away after the break to punch their ticket to the final. Canada will take on Portugal in the bronze medal game on Sunday. The Portuguese side dropped a 5-1 decision to host Brazil in Saturday’s second semifinal.

July 6: Canada 4, New Zealand 1

UFV forward Shelby Beck found the net as Team Canada defeated New Zealand on Wednesday to ensure a semifinal berth at the World University Futsal Championships.

In Canada’s final Group A match, they dispatched New Zealand to boost their record to 3-1 and clinch a top-two finish in the group and a spot in the medal round. Tournament host and four-time defending champion Brazil is 3-0 heading into their group-stage finale against New Zealand on Thursday.

The semifinals are set for Saturday, and Canada’s opponent has yet to be determined.

Update: Team Canada will face Russia in the semis.

July 5: Canada 4, Bolivia 1

Shelby Beck (right) scored Canada's fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Bolivia on Tuesday. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

Shelby Beck (right) scored Canada’s fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Bolivia on Tuesday. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

A second-half goal from UFV’s Shelby Beck helped Team Canada knock off Bolivia 4-1 at the World University Futsal Championships on Tuesday in Goiania, Brazil.

Beck was in the starting lineup for Canada and was a dynamic presence throughout the game. Her goal came off a pass from Joëlle Gosselin of the Laval Rouge et Or, and she fired a rising shot into the top left corner to put the finishing touches on the victory.

Canada, in its first appearance at the World University Championships, boosted its record to 2-1 in Group A. They return to action on Wednesday vs. New Zealand.

July 4: Brazil 16, Canada 0

Shelby Beck (right) defends against a Brazilian attacker during World University Futsal Championship action on Monday. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

Shelby Beck (right) defends against a Brazilian attacker during World University Futsal Championship action on Monday. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

The four-time defending champions from Brazil flexed their collective muscles on Monday at the World University Futsal Championship, at the expense of Team Canada.

The hosts had their way, defeating Canada – which features UFV forward Shelby Beck – by a score of 16-0 in Goiania, Brazil. The result dropped Team Canada’s record to 1-1, while Brazil is 2-0. Both teams have two games remaining in Group A play, and up next for Canada is a match against Bolivia on Tuesday.

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July 3: Canada 9, Kazakhstan 0

Shelby Beck (left) works her way around a Kazakhstan defender during World University Futsal Championship action on Sunday. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

Shelby Beck (left) works her way around a Kazakhstan defender during World University Futsal Championship action on Sunday. (FotoJump / wucfutsal2016.com)

Shelby Beck and Team Canada opened the World University Futsal Championship in spectacular fashion, blitzing Kazakhstan 9-0 on Sunday in Goiania, Brazil.

Beck, a forward who completed her fifth and final season of CIS eligibility with the Cascades women’s soccer team last fall, is the second athlete in Cascades history to represent Canada at a FISU (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) championship. Golfer Aaron Pauls is the other – he participated in the 2014 World University Golf Championship in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, and the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.

The Canadian women’s futsal side (1-0) continues Group A action on Monday evening against four-time defending champion Brazil.

Cascades women’s soccer head coach Rob Giesbrecht said it’s a thrill to watch one of his players wear the maple leaf on the international stage.

“We are proud of Shelby for representing Canada at the FISU Futsal Championships,” he said. “She has worked hard to elevate her game and this is a great opportunity for her to show what she can do.”

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