Held in Seattle and Vancouver, the two hosts ultimately made their way to a final showdown on November 9 after dominating their respective groups (the United States outscored their opponents 15-0 while the Canadians breezed through there group by a combined score of 23-1).
Played at the Rose Bowl on a blisteringly hot November 9 afternoon, the final was not played to determine who would advance due to the new FIFA rules that allowed the top two CONCACAF teams to move on. Nonetheless, the Canadian women went into the match scoreless against the United States in their history and were determined to show that they could play with the Americans.
Played in a round-robin style, Canada posted three wins and one loss at Stade Claude-Robillard and eventually qualified in 2 Tournament Top Scorer (Golden Boot): Ann-Kristin Aarones (6) – Norway Canadian Top Scorer(s): Stoumbos (2), Burtini (2), Farley (2) Overall Result (Canada): Did not advance to knock-out Held in Sweden, the second installment of the Women’s World Cup lacked the same excitement that the inaugural tournament in China had brought.
While over half a million fans showed up over the course of the 26-match tournament four years prior, only 112,213 total spectators managed to show up to this year’s tournament in Sweden (an average of only 4,316 per match), with a disappointing 17,158 showing up to the final between Norway and Germany that was held in Stockholm. In their first match, played on June 6 of that year, Canada went down 3-0 to an English team that had also not qualified for the tournament’s opening installment. ‘Canadian soccer timeline from 2005 to 2008.’ Accessed April 12 2015.
Henderson also was one of five nominees for the 2011 ESPY Award for “Best Female College Athlete”, and she was the only women’s soccer player (college, professional, international or domestic) to be nominated for an ESPY in any of the awards’ 18 individual athlete categories.
Henderson is a two-time All-American (by both the NSCAA and Soccer America), as well as a 2008 SA Freshman All-American, a three-time NSCAA all-region selection, and has taken home two of the BIG EAST Conference’s most prominent individual awards as the league’s 2010 Offensive Player of the Year and its 2008 Rookie of the Year (she is a three-time all-BIG EAST pick as well).
Henderson currently is enrolled in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology.