• Thursday Mar 11, 2010

    Costa Rica dominates Cayman Islands 7-0

    ALAJUELA, Costa Rica -- Raquel Rodriquez scored three goals and Maria Fernanda Moreira added a pair as Costa Rica shut down a young Cayman Island team, winning 7-0 in Group B of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship on Wednesday night.

    Rodriguez, who in January helped the under-20 team qualify for its first World Cup, headed a Maria Alejandra Guevara free kick past a diving Emily Kelly in the eight minute to put Las Ticas in control.

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    Costa Rica doubled its lead in the 37th minute when Kelly couldn't control a corner kick by Guevara, leaving Maria Fernanda Moreira all alone in front of a wide open net.

    The three-island nation of 49,000 could not get anything going all night. The young team, which includes several players under the age of 15 -- including 12-year-old Chelsea Greene, where held with no real scoring opportunities throughout the game.

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    Raquel Rodriguez (11) of Costa Rica (Photo by Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    The second half brought more of the same for the Cayman Islands as Costa Rica never relented and kept trying to beat the offside trap. Even with Greene starting the second half, the Cayman Islands could not build an attack on an older, bigger and stronger Costa Rican squad.

    Rodriquez added her second goal of the night in the 51st minute when she headed in Guevara's corner kick. Three minutes later Costa Rica went up 4-0 when Alhyssa Villalta and Melissa Quesada traded passes to send Villalta in on Kelly.

    Las Ticas added to their lead in the 58th minute when Rodriquez added her third goal, heading in a free kick. Moreira added a penalty kick two minutes later to make it 6-0.

    Costa Rica next plays a Haitian squad who were beaten by the United States 9-0 in the opening game of Group B earlier Wednesday. Haiti is playing less than two months after a devastating earthquake killed an estimated 270,000 in the impoverished Caribbean nation in January. Fabiola Sanchez scored in the 84th to round out a wild second half for the Las Ticas.

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