Canada tops Jamaica for U-17 Women’s WC berth

Canada celebrates after scoring during a 5-0 win over Jamaica in their CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship semifinal encounter on November 7, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  (Photo: Mexsport)


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Canada got goals from five different players to defeat host Jamaica 5-0 in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship on Thursday and clinch a spot in next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The victory also secured a place for the 2010 champion in Saturday’s final against Mexico, which overcame the United States on penalty kicks earlier in the day, also at Catherine Hall Stadium.

Marie Mychele Metivier struck for her tournament-best sixth tally in the fourth minute to give the Canadians a 1-0 lead.  Jamaica could not clear a cross from its box that was delivered from the right wing.  The ball rolled to Metivier, whose 16-yard, right-footed effort took a deflection off defender Cachet Lue before finding the back of Shanay Ricketts’ goal. 

In the 20th minute, a beautifully crafted sequence saw the ball move from Sarah Kinzer to Emily Borgmann, who slipped Marie Levasseur in on goal.  The quick reacting Ricketts, though, charged out stuffed the 16-year-old’s attempt from 10-yards out.

Two minutes later, Jamaica’s Khadija Shaw ripped a free-kick from 30-yards out on the left side that just whistled past the left post.

Canada made it 2-0 in the 27th minute.  Levasseur sent a pass across the goal box, allowing Metivier a shot from close range.  Ricketts made the point-blank save, but Borgmann was there on the left to tap in the rebound with her thigh. 

Jessie Fleming added another at the 30-minute mark, firing from 25-yards.  The jumping Ricketts got a hand on the ball, however, it still hit the netting.

Despite emphatic urging from the large partisan crowd after the break, Jamaica could not generate a sustained offensive attack.  The Canadians kept the pressure high, sensing that a third appearance in the final was close at hand.

Kinzer netted her first goal of the tournament in the 48th minute, calling on determination to poke past Ricketts from six-yards out off a splendid through ball from the masterful Fleming.

With 20 minutes remaining in regulation time, Levasseur closed the Canadian goal account.  Kinzer delivered a long ball out of the back for the attacker to collect.  Once in possession, she cut inside from right to left and buried a left-footed rocket from 16-yards, giving Ricketts no chance.

The five-goal haul increased Canada’s tournament total to 24 in four games.

Jamaica, which entered the game unbeaten in six of its last seven competition games, will face the United States for third place on Saturday in a match that precedes the Mexico-Canada curtain closer.