The low-scoring contest was anticipated for the gold medal match, as both sides played excellent defense on their way to the final. Australia’s Tiana Sogaard-Andersen (Griffith University) netted the first goal of the contest three minutes into the opening period. The Canadians pulled even a minute later, when Kindred Paul (California-Berkeley) found Kyra Christmas (Saint-Laurent) for the equalizer. Christmas gave the Canadians their first lead of the match after scoring the lone goal of the second period with a minute to play in the half. Both defenses combined for a gritty, low-scoring first half, but Canada had a one-goal advantage at intermission.
It wasn’t long before Australia tied the game at 2-2, thanks to a goal by Ellodie Ruffin (Australian Catholic University) on an Australian power play. The offense came to a standstill for the remainder of the quarter, for both sides feared that the next goal could win the match.
Canada took the lead yet again at the 5:28 mark in the fourth quarter after Christmas found Indiana Hoosier Kelly Matthews for the power play goal. The score was Matthews’ ninth of the tournament, and it came at a crucial time for Team Canada.
Matthews and Myers played in all seven matches for Canada at the World University Games. Matthews had an outstanding tournament with nine goals, five assists, two steals, and three field blocks. Myers finished with one goal, five assists, four steals, and one field block.