Canada tops Trinidad, books CWU17 semifinal spot

Marie Mychele Metivier (#11) holds off a Trinidad & Tobago defender during their CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship game on November 2, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  (Photo: Mexsport)


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Canada became the second team to earn a place in the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship semifinals, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 11-0 on Saturday at Catherine Hall Stadium.

The Canadians now have maximum points from their two Group B encounters and – at least temporarily – sit in first place over the United States, which plays Guatemala later in the evening.

Marie Mychele Metivier led the way with three goals, giving her a tournament-best five.  Emily Borgmann also struck for a hat-trick, while Marie Levasseur and Nadya Gill added two apiece for the second straight game.

It didn’t take long for the North Americans to open their goal account, as Metivier netted her first in only the seventh minute.  The 16-year-old, stationed on the left side of the box, received a cross from Sarah Kinzer and found the back of the net.

Seven minutes later, Emily Borgmann easily slotted home from eight-yards out after latching onto a cunning ball played over the top by the imposing Jessie Fleming.

In the 21st minute, Metivier grabbed her second of the game to make it 3-0.  Borgmann delivered a cross from the right that the left-sided attacker smashed in off the left post.

Fleming deservedly got her name on the scoresheet in the 36th minute, first-timing a right-sided cross from Levasseur past goalkeeper Nicoletee Craig from 13-yards out.

Before the interval would come to end, Canada tacked on three more goals. 

Levasseur struck in the 41st and 42nd minutes.  She headed in the first off a cross from Metivier and, then, ran onto a through ball by Kinzer for the second.

As the half neared its conclusion, Borgmann capped off the remarkable performance by directing the ball into the goal with her body off a Rachel Jones cross from the left.

Realizing that goal difference could play a role in the group’s final table, Canada went right back to work in the second half.

The mercurial Metivier seized her hat-trick in the 54th minute, easily finishing from the edge of the six-yard box off a feed from Fleming.

Just before the hour mark, Borgmann made it 9-0.  Levaseur fired off an attempt that was saved by Craig, but Borgmann made no mistake with the rebound.

Like she did in the group opener against Guatemala, Nadya Gill entered the game as a second-half substitute and promptly made her presence felt with two goals.

The talented 15-year-old beat Craig from the right side of the box in the 77th minute. 

And with ten minutes left in regulation, she received a pass from Fleming in the box, turned beautifully and kept her balance to tuck a right-footed shot inside the right post from 13 yards.

Next up for Canada is a North American derby with the United States on Monday, while the Trinidadians will look for their first win