Canada tops Guatemala in WU17 Group B opener

 Canada's Marie Levasseur dribbles down the field against Guatemala in a CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship match against Guatemala on October 31, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  (Photo: Mexsport)


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Canada got two goals apiece from three different players to launch Group B play at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship with an 8-0 victory over Guatemala on Wednesday at Catherine Hall Stadium. 

It was the most goals ever scored by the Canadians in competition history, exceeding their previous mark by two.

Shortly after a Madelyn Ventura header for Guatemala was saved by goalkeeper Rylee Foster, Canada went ahead in the ninth minute.  From the right side of the box, Emily Borgmann delivered a pass that Marie Mychele Metivier crashed home near the left post.

Borgmann doubled the advantage in the 26th minute.  Sarah Kinzer used the outside of her right foot to slip a pass through the middle for the 15-year-old, who raced forward and found the back of the net with a shot that hit off the hands of goalkeeper Angie Hidalgo.

Five minutes before the interval, Metivier completed her brace.  She gained possession near midfield and went on a long sprint from that resulted in a 3-0 lead for Canada.

While the active Canadians kept attacking in waves, Guatemala conceded a fourth in the 56th minute.  Jessie Fleming rocketed an effort past Hidalgo off a feed from Marie Levasseur.

It took only two more minutes for Canada to make it 5-0.  A pass from Borgmann allowed Levasseur a direct route to the Guatemalan goal and she effortlessly tallied.

As Guatemala understandably fatigued, Canada remained energetic, striking for three additional goals in the encounter’s closing moments.

With 10 minutes left in regulation, Nadya Gill ran into the right side of the box to loft the ball gently over Hidalgo and under the crossbar.

Gil struck again in the 85th, outpacing the Guatemalan defense to convert with composure and ease.

Two minutes afterwards, Levasseur punctuated the scoreline with her second goal thanks to an assist from Simmrin Dhaliwal.

For their second group games on Saturday, Canada will face Trinidad, while Guatemala will look to bounce back against the United States.