Costa Rica, Panama win to open Central American U-17 women’s qualifying
Panama’s Johymar Aparicio (red jersey) dribbles down the field against Honduras in their Central American under-17 women’s qualifier on October 24, 2017, in Chitre, Panama. (Photo courtesy of Federación Panameña de Fútbol)

CHITRE, Panama – Costa Rica and host Panama opened Central American qualifying for the 2018 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship with 5-0 wins on Tuesday at the Estadio Los Milagros.

Only the first-place finisher from the four-team, round-robin competition will earn a place in the CONCACAF event that’s scheduled to be held in Nicaragua.  Seven teams have already booked their spots in the CONCACAF event: Bermuda, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United States. summarizes the action:

October 24-28, 2017
Estadio Milagros -- Chitre, Panama

October 24, 2017
El Salvador 0, Costa Rica 5
Priscila Chinchilla 7’, 63’; Medolyn Guerrero 21’; Maria Paula Salas 49’ pen; Pamela Gutierrez 67’

- Priscila Chinchilla scored two goals, including the game opener in just the seventh minute, as Costa Rica earned a 5-0 win over El Salvador.

- Costa Rica is the only team in the competition to qualify for more than two editions of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship.

Panama 5, Honduras 0
Rosario Vargas 4’; Anuvis Angulo 18’, 61’, 84’; Yasli Atencio 30’

- Anuvis Angulo scored three goals and Panama topped Honduras, 5-0.


 Costa Rica 1 0 5  0
 Panama1 1  0  5  0
 El Salvador  0  1 0 5
 Honduras 0  1  0  5

REMAINING SCHEDULE (all times local)

October 26, 2017
Costa Rica v Honduras, 15:30 p.m.
Panama v El Salvador, 19:00 p.m.

October 28, 2017
Honduras v El Salvador, 15:30 p.m.
Panama v Costa Rica, 19:00 p.m.