U-17 WWC: Canada eliminated after loss to Venezuela

Canada's Vital Kats (red jersey) and Heliamar Alvarado of Venezuela battle for the ball during their FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup match on October 7, 2016, in Amman, Jordan. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

 AMMAN, Jordan – Deyna Castellanos set a new record for the most goals scored by a player in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup history as 10-player Venezuela (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) earned a 2-0 win over Canada (1-1-1, 4) on Friday at King Abdullah II International Stadium. 

The result gave Venezuela second place in Group B and a spot in the quarterfinals, while third-place Canada was eliminated. 

Both Venezuelan goals came from the supreme skill of Castellanos, who plays at Florida State University in the United States.

The 17-year-old made it 1-0 in the 30th minute, when she received the ball just inside the 18-yard box and magnificently evaded the attention of four defenders, before firing a right-footed into the back of the net for her ninth career U-17 Women’s World Cup goal.

Seven minutes later, Venezuela was reduced a player after Nikol Gonzalez was shown a second yellow card for a hard foul on Vital Kats.

Canada couldn’t capitalize on its advantage, but Kats came closest, lobbing off the crossbar with her left foot from 29-yards out,

Venezuela netted an insurance goal in the 74th minute as Castellanos ran onto a high ball that bounced into the box and drilled a shot net. Goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx could only parry it into the middle, where Yerliane Moreno slid home from nine yards.

  2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

October 7, 2016: King Abdullah Stadium II International Stadium – Amman, Jordan (Att: 2,704)

Canada-Venezuela 0-2 (0-1)

Deyna Castellanos 30’; Yerliane Moreno 74’

 Canada: Lysianne Proulx; Emma Regan, Julia Grosso, Marika Guay, Deanne Rose, Ashley Cathro, Mikayla Dayes (Jayde Riviere 46’), Sarah Stratigakis, Vital Kats (Jordyn Huitema 69’), Lauren Raimondo (Anyssa Ibrahim 87’), Hannah Taylor. Head Coach: Beverly Priestman

 Venezuela: Nayluisa Caceres; Veronica Herrera, Hilary Vergara, Sandra Luzardo, Dayana Rodriguez, Deyna Castellanos, Yerliane Moreno, Heliamar Alvarado, Nikol Gonzalez, Maria Cazorla (Iceis Briceno 90’+2), Jeismar Cabeza (Gladysmar Rojas 46’). Head Coach: Kenneth Zsermeta

R: Olga Zadinova (Czech Republic); AR1: Slavomira Majkuthova (Slovakia); AR2: Katarzyna Wojs (Poland); 4th: Esther Tsichlas (South Africa)