Canadian players having a say in their team’s results across Europe has become the norm and that was proven again this weekend.

Days after Bev Priestman announced her W Gold Cup roster, 24-year-old Deanne Rose found the net as one of five goalscorers in Leicester City’s goal-fest. Robbed of an opportunity to join Rose on the scoresheet in the WSL was Cloé Lacasse who saw no game time in a crucial match for Arsenal, a very different experience to Olivia Smith who secured a 111th-minute match-winning assist for Sporting CP in a cup quarter-final.

Goal of the week: Deanne Rose in the FA Cup

Completely missing out on the FA Cup last season with Reading FC due to an Achilles injury, Rose is making up for that lost time at Leicester. The Canadian has scored in both rounds of the competition that she has participated in so far this season. First, after slowly easing her way back into the Foxes starting XI after picking up a knock in December, Rose’s return was marked by a goal in the cup off the bench against Derby County in early January.

Then, on Saturday, Willie Kirk’s side hosted Birmingham City at home and booked a ticket in the quarter-finals as Rose netted again. Two minutes in, an own goal had the Foxes behind before a back-and-forth flurry of goals ended the first half at 3-2. Rose came off the bench in the 66th minute, and had an explosive instant impact. The Canadian found the net from outside the box off a perfectly executed counter-attack to nail in the fifth goal of the night for the WSL side.

The slick cut inside is a signature move Rose has been using since her youth days with Canada, and she continues to find success with it. Leicester will face Liverpool in the quarter-finals and Rose will have eyes on continuing her great record in the FA Cup this season.

Misplay of the week: Cloé Lacasse not playing against Manchester City

One Canuck who did not get a chance off the bench in the FA Cup was Arsenal’s Cloé Lacasse.

Since the arrival of head coach Jonas Eidevall, the Gunners have won all home games against Manchester City and as the only all-WSL tie in the fifth round, the stakes were high.

Lacasse was named on the bench but did not make an appearance despite warming up for a significant amount of the game. Meanwhile, the Gunners went on to lose 1-0.

Arsenal’s scoring problems were exacerbated by their poor ball control across the 90 minutes with a string of poor passing and panic touches. A heavy emphasis on wing play, which is a consistent characteristic of the Gunners’ approach, became predictable over time and evidently, the players were frustrated. A remedy that not only would have freshened up the home side’s attack but also piled the pressure on the opposition’s full-backs would have been the introduction of Lacasse, so to keep the Canadian on the bench despite her clear abilities to shift momentum seems like a rather odd decision taken by the Swedish coach.

However, there was some Canadian representation in the game as goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo had the start between the sticks and despite conceding one, did well to make sure City didn’t find another.

With three losses in the league, no UWCL football, and now out of the FA Cup, Arsenal will be praying hard that the teams above them in the table drop points as they attempt to make a run in the Conti Cup as the reigning champions.

Assist of the week: Olivia Smith’s game-winning assist

A handful of Canadians have taken the Portuguese league by storm in the past few seasons. This year, it is 19-year-old Olivia Smith for Sporting CP, as well as Mimi Alidou for league leaders SL Benfica.

On Portuguese Women’s Cup quarter-final weekend, Sporting travelled to Amadora to face a frustrating Damaiense who are known for their congested heavy low block. To say the visitors needed patience to lock in a win is an understatement; it took them nearly two hours as the deadlocked game went into extra time.

Smith, taking the place in the starting lineup that she has held down since November, threaded in a perfectly weighted pass from her flank into the middle with precision to put a chance on a golden plate for her American teammate Brittany Raphino, who finished calmly.

Smith was named Player of the Match, a trophy she can fill an entire cabinet with given the frequency she collects them for the exceptional work she puts in. Proven as a deadly finisher showered with confidence, play-making skills showcased in such a high-pressure moment will make any opponent fear Smith.

Her Sporting will now face Alidou’s Benfica in a two-legged semi-final on March 28 and April 21 in what will be a showdown of two of the best goalscoring Canadians that should make any Canuck’s mouth water.