ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Mexico (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) earned a place in its fifth straight CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Jamaica (0W-0D-3L, 0 points) to complete group-stage play on Tuesday at the Grenada National Stadium.
The result gave the defending champion, which needed only a draw to advance, sole possession of second place in Group B, three points behind the United States (3-0-0, 9), a 2-0 winner over Costa Rica (1-0-2, 3) earlier in the day.
Jacqueline Ovalle scored the game’s only goal in the 41st minute. From the right side of the Jamaican box, Daniela Espinosa rolled a pass through the semicircle. Gabriela Juarez smartly shielded her marker, allowing the ball to reach Ovalle, who fired a low, left-footed shot past goalkeeper Sydney Schneider into the right corner from 19-yards out.
In Friday’s semifinals, Mexico will meet Group A Haiti, while the U.S. will square off against Canada. The winners will qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and advance to Sunday’s final. The losers will meet in the third-place match to determine CONCACAF’s third and last representative in Jordan.