EDINBURG, Texas -- Canada captured the Group B crown by registering a 3-1 win over Costa Rica, a result that boosted Jamaica into the semifinals of the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship in the final match of the group stage at H-E-B Stadium on Thursday night.
The Canadians finished the group stage perfect at 3W-0D-0L and nine points as their win allowed the Jamaica (2W-0D-1L, 6) to compete in the final four of the competition in Frisco, Texas on Sunday. The Costa Ricans (1W-0D-2L, 3), who competed in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, were eliminated from the competition.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Reggae Girlz defeated Cuba (0W-0D-3L, 0), 9-0, to move into second place in the group.
The Maple Leafs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute as Jessie Fleming floated a ball toward the goal that Janine Beckie latched onto and beat goalkeeper Daniela Solera from six yards.
Canada made it 2-0 in the 40th minute as Solera dropped Beckie’s left-wing cross, leaving Nichelle Prince with an easy tap-in from point-blank range for her third goal of the tournament.
Christine Sinclair scored her 175th international goal of her career, slotting home from seven yards in the 57th minute. She trails only retired U.S. striker Abby Wambach (184) for the all-time scoring lead.
Substitute Fabiola Villalobos pulled one back for Costa Rica in the 72nd minute, the first goal Canada surrendered in the tournament.
The Canadians outscored its foes, 17-1 in the group stage.