BRADENTON, Florida – A first half penalty conversion from Alison Gonzalez earned Mexico a 1-1 draw versus Haiti and top spot in Group A on Friday at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.
Both teams finish Group A play with identical 2W-1D-0L records, however Mexico’s superior goal difference +15 (16GF, 1GC) to Haiti’s +5 (7GF, 2GC) results in a first-place finish for Mexico.
Haiti started strong as Pierre Jerome gave her side a 1-0 lead in the 19’ when a flicked-on header fell perfectly for her to latch onto in the Mexico penalty area and her right-footed shot beat Mexico GK Ana Paula Ruvalcaba.
Mexico would respond quickly though to level the score at 1-1, as Gonzalez coolly converted a penalty in the 22’ after Ruthny Mathurin had fouled Aylin Avilez in the Haiti penalty area.
El Tricolor would then almost take the lead when a Rebeca Villuendas free kick rattled off the crossbar in the 25’.
Haiti still fancied itself a winning goal as well and Rachelle Caremus came achingly close when her free kick in the 57’ sailed just wide.
From there both defenses took over with Ruvalcaba and Haiti GK Madelina Fleuriot each making a number of fine saves.
Mexico will next face the second-place team from Group B (United States/Canada) in Sunday’s semifinals, while Haiti will meet the winner of Group B.