• Sunday Nov 27, 2011

    Costa Rica edges toward U-17 women's finals

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Costa Rica moved within a step of a third straight trip to the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship finals, holding El Salvador to a 0-0 draw on Saturday for a 2-0 aggregate victory.

    The results sent Costa Rica to a two-leg playoff against the winner between Panama and Nicaragua on December 7 and December 11 for the second and last Central American berth in the eight-team finals field.

    Karolina Duran scored once in each half on Wednesday to lead Costa Rica to a 2-0 victory in Heredia, Costa Rica.

    Costa Rica reached the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship in both 2008 and 2010.

    It waited Sunday to learn its opponent in the playoff between Panama and Nicaragua. Panama won the first leg of its series against Nicaragua 6-0 on Wednesday and travelled to Managua on Sunday for the return match.

    North American sides Canada, Mexico and the United States along with host Guatemala already have qualified for the May 2-13 finals.

    The three Caribbean berths will be this coming week when the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago face off in Kingston Tuesday-Saturday in the final round of regional qualifying.

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