BRADENTON, Florida – The United States will play in the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup for the fourth time after defeating Haiti 3-2 on Sunday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.
Sunshine Fontes bagged a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Mia Fishel to lead the U.S. to its fourth CWU17 final where it will face Mexico on Tuesday.
Haiti will look to clinch CONCACAF’s third World Cup berth when it faces Canada in the third-place game on Tuesday.
Haiti could not have asked for a better start, as it took the lead in the 14’ when Melanie Dumonay swung in a right-footed free kick to hand the Caribbean side a 1-0 lead.
The U.S. would come back and pulled level in the 32’ when a ball played into the area fell perfectly for Fontes, who slotted home to make it 1-1.
That momentum would carry into the second half for the U.S., and in a span of two minutes the U.S. scored twice to take a two-goal lead.
First it was Mia Fishel, who flicked a ball into the air and pounced on a failed clearance to give the U.S. a 2-1 advantage in the 49’.
Seconds later in the 50’ Fontes was back at it, scoring her second of the game when Reilyn Turner nodded a header into the path of Fontes, who fired in a right-footed shot in the 50’.
Haiti showed plenty of spirit in fighting back, as Dumonay scored her second of the day in the second minute of second half stoppage time to cut the lead to 3-2, but the U.S. would hold on to secure its World Cup ticket.