Allysha Chapman
Associated Press

Chapman Helps Canada to Opening Win at World Cup

Aaron Hyder
Aaron Hyder
Asst. Communications Director

Baton Rouge, La. – Former LSU soccer star Allysha Chapman starred in Team Canada’s opening match at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday. The Canadian squad picked up a 1-0 decision over Cameroon in their first match in Group E at a rainy Stade de La Mosson in Montpellier, France.

Chapman earned the starting nod and played all 93 minutes in the win. Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan headed home the only goal of the game in the 45th minute right before the half to give Canada the 1-0 lead. Chapman rated as the fourth-highest rated player in the match according to inStat.

For Chapman, it was her 65th-career international cap for Canada and it is her second time appearing at the World Cup as she was also on Canada’s roster in 2015. She also helped Canada to bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At LSU, Chapman was the 2011 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and she earned first-team honors in the conference. A three-time All-SEC performer for the Purple and Gold, Chapman is arguably the most decorated defensive standout in program history. She started 66 of 67 matches her in career at LSU and led the Tigers to SEC West championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011. Chapman is the only player in LSU history to make an appearance at the World Cup.

Canada will get back on the pitch on Saturday (June 15) with a matchup against New Zealand at 2 p.m. CT. The win for Canada currently has them at the top of Group E.