|Desiree Scott (centre) during her days with the University of Manitoba Bisons. (QMI Agency file photo)
WINNIPEG - Perhaps the only feeling worse than the one Desiree Scott felt when she and the national women’s soccer team left Germany this summer winless, would be not getting the chance to ever do it again.
The 24-year-old Winnipegger experienced the sport at its highest level this summer as a member of Canada’s national team that finished a disappointing 0-3 at the Women’s World Cup in Germany, a narrow 2-1 defeat to the powerhouse Germans in the tournament opener arguably the lone point of encouragement in an otherwise fruitless trip.
But for Scott, who made appearances in a 4-0 loss to France and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Japan, her first experience at a World Cup was, understandably, one that she won’t soon forget.
“Any time I put on the jersey it was kinda crazy to see me in the red and white,” said Scott, who had made 22 appearances for various age-group national teams prior to the World Cup. “Just being there and hearing the FIFA song come on and seeing our teams march out that’s a big moment where you’re like ‘holy crap.’ You’re in this huge stadium and it’s pretty unreal.”
A four-time Canada West conference all-star and the Canada West freshman of the year in 2005 with the University of Manitoba Bisons, Scott said she always had dreams of one day playing with the most elite of Canada’s national teams. The West Kildonan Collegiate graduate got her start in Canada’s under-16 program and moved her way up from there and she doesn’t take it for granted.
“It was always a goal of mine,” she said. “Every day I’m thankful to be there because it’s a hard task to complete to be able to be there, so every day I’m thankful. It was in my eyes and it’s pretty cool that I’m there now.”
Scott’s status with Canada now could be in limbo, however, with head coach Carolina Morace having resigned after the World Cup. Morace was crucial in bringing Scott into the mix, and now the player is waiting for a coach.
“Unfortunately we’re looking for a coaching staff and still trying to get that into place so that’s a bit up in the air right now,” Scott said. “For me, I’m to qualify for the Olympics with the team and hopefully go there and then 2015 World Cup comes to Canada so hopefully I’m still involved then as well.”