A trio of Mountaineer players are representing their countries in the 2019 Women's World Cup. The kicker: they met on the same pitch on Monday to begin World Cup play as Canada and Cameroon got together. The cherry on top: West Virginia defender Kadeisha Buchanan scored the game's only goal.
Buchanan, a defender, headed in a corner kick in the 44th minute of action, which proved to be the game winner, as Canada defeated Cameroon, 1-0, to begin play in Group E.
Former All-American defenders Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence are suiting up for Team Canada for the second time in their careers. Forward Michala Abam is making her debut with the Cameroon National Team. This is the first time that three Mountaineers will play in a World Cup. The trio helped guide West Virginia to the team's sole College Cup appearance in 2016.
Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown made the trip to France and was there to watch her former players play against each other on Tuesday.