Canada records a victory over Cuba to take the lead in Group B
Canada’s Jordyn Huitema (#9) celebrates with her teammates after scoring in group phase against Cuba in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship on October 8th, 2018 at H-E-B Park in Edimburg, Texas. ( Photo: Mexsport)
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EDINBURG, Texas.- Canada recorded a 12-0 victory over Cuba to take the Group B lead at the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship at H-E-B Park on Monday night.

The Maple Leafs (2-0-0, 6 points) need only a tie in their final group match against Costa Rica on Thursday night to reach the semifinals. Canada grabbed a three-point lead over the Costa Ricans (1-0-1, 3), who had a better goal differential (plus seven to minus one) than Jamaica despite losing to the Reggae Girlz earlier in the night,1-0.

Adriana Leon and 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema each finished with four goals and halftime substitute Christine Sinclair added one to give her 174 international goals.

Leon slipped the ball past goalkeeper Lucylena Martinez in the 11th minute before Huitema tallied her first two minutes later. Julia Grosso lofted a corner kick into the area that Rebecca Quinn nodded to Huitema, who headed it home from six yards.

Leon connected on her second in the 23rd minute off an Ashley Lawrence feed, three minutes before 19-year-old Deanne Rose rolled in a 15-yard shot. Huitema's second header in the 37th minute gave Canada a 5-0 halftime lead.

Huitema (51st, 71st), Leon (55th, 59th), Quinn (56th), Sinclair (63rd) and Diana Matheson (72nd) closed out the scoring.

Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, who was rarely tested, was credited with the shutout.

Group B will conclude here on Thursday when Canada meets Costa Rica and Jamaica plays Cuba.

Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.
Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.
Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.
Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.
Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.
Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.
Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.
Cuba v Canada
Cuba v Canada. October 8, 2018.