El Salvador edges Haiti for first-ever CWU17 win

El Salvador's Brenda Ceren (left) eludes Soveline Beaubrun of Haiti during their CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship game on November 3, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  (Photo: Mexsport)


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Alejandra Wahn struck from long distance in the 90th minute to give El Salvador its first-ever win in a CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship game, defeating Haiti 1-0 on Sunday at Catherine Hall Stadium.

A speculative attempt from 35-yards out by the 15-year-old bounced along the slick surface, eluding Haiti goalkeeper Jonie Gabriel as she tried kick it away with her left foot before it slid inside the right post.

The Haitians needed three points to maintain their hopes of earning a place in the semifinals.  With the result, Mexico is assured of progressing from Group A, before it faces already-qualified Jamaica later in the evening.

Batcheba Louis was outstanding in the loss, nearly giving the Caribbean runner-up a lead in the 48th minute.  The skillful attacker raced through the left side of the Salvadoran box, only to see her left-footer crash off the crossbar.

The hotly-contested encounter did not allow for offenses to be fully established, but the limited openings were mostly produced in the first half.

Louis stunningly dribbled through the Salvadoran box in the 14th minute, freeing herself for a shot from 12-yards out that Eleonor Hernandez did well to block.  The rebound, however, fell to Loudwige Durand, who blazed high and wide.

Just before the break, both sides exchanged half chances.

A free-kick by El Salvador’s Sandra Cortez from 30-yards fluttered harmlessly wide in the 43rd minute.

Haiti’s opportunity, two minutes later, was more threatening.  After Hernandez hurriedly rolled a goal kick through the penalty area, Sherly Jeudy ran onto the ball and towards the net.  The 15-year-old snapped off a goal-bound attempt that was headed out of danger by Elaily Hernandez-Repreza.

Neither team could fashion a sustained attack in the second-half.  Fatigue became a factor and the respective defenses performed with increasing cohesiveness.

Hernandez-Repreza, just 13-years-old, emerged once again for the Salvadorans in the 53rd minute, making a timely tackle on Durand in the box.

El Salvador finished in third place with three points, two more than Haiti, which tied Mexico 1-1 in its opening match.

NOTES: El Salvador lost its previous five games in the tournament by a combined score of 2-31.