GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Nerilla Mondesir scored in the 89th minute to lift 10-player Haiti to a 3-2 Group A victory over Guatemala on Saturday, pushing the Caribbean side closer to a semifinal berth in the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship.
The Haitians (2W-0D-0L, 6 points) will clinch a berth with a Canada (1W-0D-0L, 3 points) win or draw against host Grenada (0W-0D-1L, 0 points) later in the day. Guatemala (0W-0D-2L, 0 points) rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second half to level at the Grenada Athletics Stadium, but is on the brink of elimination.
Mondesir, who struck four times in Haiti's 13-0 win over Grenada on Thursday, netted the game-winner by latching on to a long ball played over the top from Roseline Eloissaint and racing into the box to shoot past goalkeeper Natalia Schaps.
Mikerline Saint Felix capitalized on two defensive mistakes to boost the Haitians into a 2-0 halftime lead.
While chasing the ball down in the penalty area, Saint Felix forced Schaps to pass quickly to right back Sara Fetzer. Instead of moving the ball up the field, Fetzer tried a pass back to Schaps as Saint Felix intercepted and scored from 10 yards in the seventh minute.
Five minutes later, Rosianne Jean stripped Fetzer of the ball on the left side. She then sent a cross into the middle of the area, where Saint Felix looped a first-timed left-footed effort into the upper-right corner for a 2-0 advantage.
The Guatemalans refused to wilt, slicing the deficit in half in the 54th minute. Didra Martinez launched a diagonal free kick into the box from the right that Emeline Charles inadvertently heads towards the far post. Maria Herrarte was there to swoop in and hit a left-footed into the back of the net from the left corner of the six-yard box.
Haiti was reduced a player in the 57th minute, when Wagnelda Millien was sent off after picking up her second yellow card for a rough tackle.
Another free kick from the right led to Guatemala’s equalizer. In the 74th minute, Madelyn Cosajay lofted the ball into the six-yard and Kellin Mayen authoritatively headed it home.
Group A play concludes on Monday as Haiti will face Canada and Guatemala will look to bounce back against Grenada.