KU's Robbins Plays All 90 in Canada's U-20 Loss to Norway

Aug. 23, 2012

KOBE, Japan – Kansas midfielder Sarah Robbins played all 90 minutes as a defensive midfielder but was unable to help her native Canada to victory, losing 2-1 to Norway in the second match of group play at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium.

Robbins, a 5-foot-6 senior midfielder from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, earned her second U-20 World Cup start and played all 90 minutes for the second-consecutive match. Her efforts helped Canada have several scoring chances in the opening frame. Robbins’ defense also helped keep the Norwegians off the board in the first half but it was the second period that made the difference in the match.

Canada went ahead just prior to the intermission but Norway stayed stubborn, drawing even just after the break. Norway’s go-ahead goal and the eventual game-winner came just 11 minutes from full time, handing Canada its first loss of the tournament.

The result leaves Norway and Canada tied with three points in group play. Now Robbins and the Canadians must face group-leading Korea DPR in their next match.

One of 21 players on Canada’s roster, Robbins also played for the Canadian U-20 National Team during a European tour earlier this summer. She was also a pool player for the U-17 Canadian National Team in 2008 and was invited to participate in the U-20 camp in 2010.

Robbins has played in 35 matches during her time with the Jayhawks, logging over 1,500 minutes of field time. The senior is a four-time member of the Athletic Director’s and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls at KU.

Canada will face Korea DPR in its final Group C match on Monday at 5 a.m. CST. The match will be broadcast on CBC television as well as CBCSports.ca. Fans can also follow all the action via Twitter: CanadaSoccerEN.