Viviana Chinchilla (pictured) was named the CONCACAF Technical Study Group's Player of the Match for her performance in Costa Rica's 5-1 win over Guatemala in a CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship game on January 11, 2014, in George Town, Cayman Islands. (Photo: Mexsport)
Player of the Match presented by CONCACAF’s Technical Study Group: Viviana Chinchilla (Costa Rica)
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Costa Rica recovered from an opening day setback against the United States to defeat Guatemala 5-1 on Saturday in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship at the Truman Bodden Stadium.
The victory puts Costa Rica level with the first-place U.S. on three points in Group A, however, it occupies second due to inferior difference. Third-place Jamaica (1 point) will meet the Americans later in the evening.
All the goals came in the first half for the Central Americans, who were lifted by a brace from defender Yesmi Rodriguez.
Striker Jazmin Elizondo did not face the U.S., but she made her presence felt in the fifth minute against Guatemala. Krista Chavarria bounced a left-sided cross through the box that Elizondo was able to latch onto and then blast a left-footer past goalkeeper Yoselin Franco at the near post from a severe angle.
Five minutes later, Melissa Hererra found Chavarria out on the left. The Saprissa forward dribbled towards the net and lofted a shot over Franco to make it 2-0.
Rodriguez netted her first in the 23rd minute, taking a pass from Herrera and triggering a shot off Franco. The ball became loose, but the 19-year-old was there to chip in the rebound.
At the 30-minute mark, Costa Rica added to its lead through Nicole Araya. A corner kick was deflected by Franco, allowing Araya to knock it home from close range.
The game was put out of reach two minutes before interval. Franco punched a left-sided free kick by Herrera to the top of the 18, where Rodriguez was positioned to fire into the lower-right corner with the outside of her left.
Similar to the scoreless draw against Jamaica on Thursday, Guatemala turned in a strong second-half performance. It was rewarded for its endeavor in the 66th minute, when Aisha Solorzano was put through on goal. Costa Rican goalkeeper Mariela Vasquez made an initial stop at the top of the box, but the ball became loose and the 15-year-old was able to convert.
Costa Rica returns to action on Monday against Jamaica, while Guatemala meets the U.S. on the same day.