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CU17W Preview: Day One
Canada under-17 women's national team standout Sarah Stratigakis (pictured) was one of the stars of the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship. (Photo: Mexsport)
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GEORGE’S, Grenada – All eyes will be on host Grenada as the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship (CU17W) kicks off Thursday with a Group A doubleheader at the Grenada Athletics Stadium. 

The Grenadians will open its first-ever CU17W campaign by closing the night against Haiti, after 2013 runner-up Canada meets Guatemala in the curtain raiser. 

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the day’s games: 

2016 CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (CU17W)

St. George’s, Grenada – Grenada Athletics Stadium

Thursday – March 3, 2016 

GROUP A 

Guatemala v Canada, 4:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. local)

Canada leads all-time CU17W series: 2W-0D-0L (14GF, 1GA) 

Previous CU17W Meetings

2012: Guatemala 1, Canada 6

2013: Canada 8, Guatemala 0 

Guatemala

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 2-2012, 2013

- Best Finish: never advanced past Group Stage

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-6; W-1; D-0; L-5; GF-9; GA-31

- All-Time Leading CU17W scorer: Madelyn Ventura (3 goals…2013: 3)

- Method of Qualification: 1st place, Group A - Central American qualifying

- Qualification Record: GP-2; W-2; D-0; L-0; GF-5; GA-0

- Qualifying Results: 4-0 win v Nicaragua (Niurka Oliva 28’, 55’; Karla Moulds 71’, 90’+1) … 1-0 win v El Salvador (Kellin Mayen 90’)

- Qualifying Scorers: Niurka Oliva, Karla Moulds (2); Kellin Mayen (1)

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 0

- 0W-0D-2L in CU17W openers … 2012: 0-3 loss v Jamaica; 2013: 0-8 loss v Canada

- Kellin Mayen played in all 3 of Guatemala’s games at 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship … started & played entire game v Trinidad & Tobago (1-2 loss) and Canada (0-10 loss); entered as a sub v Guyana (1-2 loss)

- Didra Martinez played in 2 of Guatemala’s 3 matches at 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship (started & played entire game v Trinidad & Tobago (1-2 loss) and Canada (1-2 loss)

- After losing first 5 all-time CU17W games, defeated Trinidad & Tobago, 7-0, in last outing on November 4, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica

- Prior to shutting out Trinidad & Tobago, conceded 3 goals or more in previous 5 all-time CU17W matches (4 goals or more in 4 of those outings 

Canada

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 4-2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

- Best Finish: Champion-1 (2010)

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-20; W-14; D-2; L-4; GF-60; GA-13

- All-Time Leading CU17W Scorer: Summer Clarke (6 goals…2012: 6); Marie-Mychele Metivier (6 goals…2013: 6)

- Method of Qualification: automatic North American entrant

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 4-2008, 2010, 2012, 2014

- Only nation in CONCACAF history to qualify for all four previous editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

- 4W-0D-0L (21GF, 1GA) in 4 all-time CU17W openers … 2008: 3-0 win v Puerto Rico; 2010: 4-1 win v Jamaica; 2012: 6-0 win v Panama; 2013: 8-0 win v Guatemala

- Reached the last three CU17W finals, falling in the 2013 decider to Mexico, 4-2 on penalty kicks, following a 0-0 draw

- Only CU17W title came in 2010 … prevailed over the USA – a side that had scored 32 goals and allowed none in group-stage play – in the semifinals, 5-3 on penalty kicks, after a scoreless draw

- Six players on 2016 CU17W roster saw action at 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras, led by midfielder Sarah Stratigakis, who scored two goals (2 v Honduras) and was named to Best XI team. The others are: forward Shana Flynn (1 goal v Jamaica); midfielders Anyssa Ibrahim and Vital Kats (1 goal v Jamaica); defender Emma Regan and goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx

- Sarah Stratigakis: appeared in four games at 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship; appeared in four games at 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; won Golden Ball award at 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship

- Anyssa Ibrahim: scored five goals in 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship

- 10W-0D-2L in CU17W group-stage games

- Largest CU17W win: (2013) 11-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago

- Trails only USA for most CU17W wins (14 – 18) and goals scored (60 – 119)

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Grenada v Haiti, 6:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)

First CU17W meeting 

Grenada

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 0

- Best Finish: n/a

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-0; W-0; D-0; L-0; GF-0; GA-0

- All-Time Leading CU17W scorer: n/a

- Method of Qualification: host

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 0

- Third Caribbean nation to host CU17W (2008: Trinidad & Tobago, did not advance past group stage; 2013: Jamaica, finished in fourth place) 

Haiti

- Previous CU17W Appearances: 2-2010, 2013

- Best Finish: never advanced past Group Stage

- All-Time CU17W Record: GP-6; W-0; D-1; L-5; GF-1; GA-17

- All-Time Leading CU17W scorer: Batcheba Louis (1 goal…2013: 1)

- Method of Qualification: Runner-up, Caribbean qualifying

- Qualification Record: GP-7; W-6; D-0; L-1; GF-35; GA-5

- Qualifying Results: 7-1 win v Curacao (Nerilia Mondesir 39, 59’, 67’; Shelsie Melissa Dacius 57‘; Melchie Daelle Dumonay 61‘; Dolores Jean Thomas 76‘, 80’) … 4-0 win v Bermuda (Nerilia Mondesir 12‘, 30’, 44’, 63’) ... 13-0 win v Barbados (Nerilia Mondesir 2‘, 41’, 43’, 68’; Nelourde Nicolas 32‘; Shelsie Melissa Dacius 42‘, 45’+1; Lovelle Pierre 55‘, 74’; Mikerline Saint Felix 63‘, 90’+2; Roseline Eloissaint 65‘, Roseline Eloissaint 88‘) ... 3-0 win v Dominican Republic (Nelourde Nicolas 16‘; Roseline Eloissaint 20‘; Wagnelda Millien 48‘) ... 4-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (Nelourde Nicolas 9‘, 26‘; Nerilia Mondesir 39‘; Lovelle Pierre 51‘) ... 3-2 win (aet) v Cuba (Nelourde Nicolas 16‘; Nerilia Mondesir 99‘; Lovelle Pierre 104‘) ... 1-2 loss v Jamaica (Nerilia Mondesir 71’)

- Qualifying Scorers: Nerilia Mondesir (14 goals); Nelourde Nicolas (5); Lovelle Pierre (4); Shelsie Melissa Dacius, Roseline Eloissaint (3); Dolores Jean Thomas, Mikerline Saint Felix (2); Melchie Daelle Dumonay, Wagnelda Millien (1)

- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Appearances: 0

- 0W-1D-1L (1GF, 10GA) in 2 all-time CU17W openers … 2010: 0-9 loss v USA; 2013: 1-1 draw v Mexico)

- Nerilia Mondesir: scored 12 goals in Caribbean qualifying for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship (including 5 in a 13-0 win v Grenada) … scored 2 goals in 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship (both v Panama) … scored 4 goals in Caribbean qualifying for 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship … joint-top scorer in 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship with Cayman Islands’ Chelsea Green (6 goals)

- Roseline Eloissaint: scored 2 goals in Caribbean qualifying for 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship

- Of the 13 teams to participate in the CU17W, only Haiti and Bahamas have not registered a win

Conceded at least 1 goal in each of 6 all-time CU17W games

 
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