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A championship and a contract, all in one week
2021-05-26
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It has been quite a week for Cloe Lacasse.

Holding a two point advantage over the Sporting clube de Portugal heading into their final game of the season, Lacasse and the remainder of the Benfica side needed either a draw or a win to claim the Campeonato Nacional Feminino for a second straight year.

A 3-0 triumph assured Benfica bragging rights, with Lacasse netting a goal and adding an assist for the squad which recorded a pair of key victories in UEFA Women's Champions League play last fall.

Mere days after celebrating the league title, Lacasse would solidify her future in Lisbon, signing a new contract with the club that now extends through to 2024.

"The club here is extremely professional and they are on the track to being a global powerhouse," she said. "I want to be part of this club and this project because I know they have the right tools to make me successful."

"I also feel comfortable and happy here in Portugal and want to continue winning championships for Benfica."

Clearly, team success has given way to individual success. Earlier this year, Lacasse was invited to participate with Canadian national team workouts in the United Kingdom, as the team readies itself for the upcoming Olympics with a series of friendlies in England and Wales.

"The camp went well; I received positive feedback," said Lacasse. "I feel comfortable with the group and I'm excited to see what the future holds with Team Canada and myself."

A graduate of Ecole Secondaire Macdonald-Cartier, helping to lead the Pantheres to a pair of OFSAA soccer championships during her high-school career, Lacasse will celebrate her 28th birthday later this summer.

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