Zoe Redei (left) scored four goals in the USA's 7-0 win over Guatemala in a CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship game on November 2, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Zoe Redei scored four goals to lift the United States to a 7-0 victory over a Guatemala and a place in the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 semifinals.
Though both teams have six points, Canada leads the Americans on goal difference (+19 to +15) in the Group B table. Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago have been eliminated from contention.
On a cloudy and wet Saturday evening at Catherine Hall Stadium, U.S. head coach B.J. Snow made eight changes to the line-up that produced an 8-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago two days earlier. Despite the introduction of new personnel, the defending champion not skip a beat in terms of effectiveness.
Aisha Solorzano’s second minute attempt nearly gave Guatemala the early lead, but Taylor Otto was able to make a goal-saving block.
From there, Redei went on a run that would see her net four straight times during a 28-minute stretch.
The first came in 21st minute as the 16-year-old unleashed a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box that diving goalkeeper Angie Hidalgo was able to get a hand on, but couldn’t stop from entering the net.
After a short Guatemala goal kick, Hidlago and defender Pamela Monterroso collided in the box. Redei collected the loose ball and placed into the open net to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute.
In the 36th minute, a left-sided corner kick by Taylor Racioppi appeared to glance off the back of a Guatemalan defender. The ever-alert Redei pounced and fired home with her left foot from three yards.
Four minutes after the break, Racioppi made a slight touch in the box and the ball rolled harmlessly toward to the Guatemalan goal. It slipped underneath Hidalgo, allowing Redei to race in and crash home for her fourth tally.
The U.S. was awarded two penalty kicks late in the game.
Dorian Bailey converted in the 84th minute after she was pushed over in the box by Jeniffer Barrios, while Gabriella Carreiro did the same with two minutes left in regulation.
In the first minute of stoppage time, a speculative 25-yard effort by Kelcie Hedge hit off Hidlago’s hand was judged to have crossed the line, completing the 7-0 scoreline.
The Americans will face Canada on Monday in the group decider, while Guatemala will look for its first win against Trinidad & Tobago.