Canada tops Guatemala in CU17W opener
Canada (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Guatemala in the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship opener on March 3, 2016, in St. George's, Grenada. (Photo: Mexsport)

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Sarah Stratigakis had a goal and two assists to power Canada to a 3-0 win over Guatemala in the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship (CU17) opener on Thursday at the Grenada Athletics Stadium.

The result gave the Canadians an early advantage in Group A, with host Grenada set to face Haiti later in the evening to the complete the doubleheader.

Jayde Riviere struck for the first goal in the seventh minute, using agility, power and accuracy to beat goalkeeper Natalie Schaps.  The forward received a pass from Stratigakis, took a few neat touches towards the middle and launched a right-footed shot just under crossbar from 23-yards out.

Canada doubled its advantage in the 34th minute, when Shana Flynn broke into the right side of the box and slid a pass across the goal mouth that the unmarked Stratigakis simply tapped in with her left foot.

Two minutes before the halftime, Stratigakis nearly notched her second goal, but Schaps did well to thwart her free kick with a diving save.

Vital Kats made it 3-0 in the 65th minute, taking a feed from Stratigakis and swerving a stunning left-footed effort from 25-yards out into the left side of the net.

Guatemala remained persistent throughout and was nearly rewarded with a goal with five minutes remaining in normal time.  

Kellin Mayen, who played in each of the Chapinas’ three matches at the recently completed CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, went on a long run down the left side of the field.  Before defender Emma Regan could intervene, she blazed a right-footer just over the crossbar from 30-yards out.

NOTES: Technical Study Group player of the match was Canada's Sarah Stratigakis … Canada improved to 5W-0D-0L in CU17W openers ... Canada's Lauren Raimondo was ejected in second-half stoppage time after receiving a second caution.