EDINBURG, Texas -- Khadija Shaw scored in the opening minute of the second half and goalkeeper Sydney Schneider made several key saves to register a stunning 1-0 Group B win over Costa Rica of the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship at H-E-B Park on Monday night.
The underdog Reggae Girlz (1W-0D-1L, 3 points), who are trying to become the first Caribbean team to qualify the FIFA Women's World Cup, bested a Costa Rican side (1W-0D-1L, 3) that had 15 players who participated in the world championship in Canada in 2015.
Some Jamaican players walked off the field with tears of joy they were so elated with the result.
Shaw, who led the Jamaicans with 16 goals during Caribbean qualifying, tallied less than 30 seconds into the second half. After a superb run on the left side, by Deneisha Blackwood passed the ball to Shaw, who beat goalkeeper Daniela Solera to the near left post on Jamaica’s only shot on net.
Schneider, named player of the match, was outstanding, stopping everything sent her way as she made six saves.
The Costa Ricans, who recorded an 8-0 triumph over Cuba in their tournament opener Friday night, could not find the range. They thought they had equalized in the 56th minute, when midfielder Priscilia Chinchillia put in a rebound of Shirley Cruz's header off the right post. The goal, however, was nullified due to a foul.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Canada played Cuba.
After two days of rest, Group B will conclude here Thursday when the Jamaicans face Cuba and the Costa Ricans take on Canada.