Hellstrom draws assist on game-winning goal
by Randy Pascal
Playing in just her second official game as a member of the Canadian National Women's Soccer Team, Sudbury native Jenna Hellstrom came
through in a big way.
Substituted in the second half of Canada's first match of 2019 versus Norway, Hellstrom helped break the ice in a scoreless affair. Working her
way down the left flank deep into Norwegian territory, the graduate of Lasalle Secondary sailed a perfectly placed left footed cross directly to the
waiting head of Christine Sinclair, who made no mistake in netting the 178th international goal of her storied career.
The marker, which came in the 66th minute, would stand as the only tally of the game, with Canada holding on for a 1-0 win. "It's been a great camp for us
just starting the season, and to get a win against quality opposition that's heading to the (2019) World Cup as well is a huge bonus," stated
"We pride ourselves on our subs making an impact, and Hellstrom is a perfect example of that, coming in and within a couple of minutes, she puts in a
perfect cross," added Sinclair. "We have a very deep team and you saw that today."
Hellstrom has now returned to Vancouver to maintain her training ahead of another Canadian camp in late February, just prior to the 2019 Algarve
Cup. Drawn into Group A, Canada will face Iceland on February 27th and Scotland on March 1st, closing out with one more match on March 6th
to determine the team's final ranking at the event.
Hellstrom is currently under contract with Vaxjo of the Swedish Women's Premier Division, with the team located in Kronoberg County,