U-17 WWC: Canada, Mexico open with wins

Canada' Sarah Stratigakis (white jersey) and Rose Priso of Cameroon jump for a header during their FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup match on September 30, 2016, in Irbid, Jordan. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

AMMAN, Jordan – Canada and Mexico began their 2017 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup schedules Friday in different ways, but the end result was the same in both games: a win.

The Canadians rallied from a one-goal deficit to post a 3-2 win over Cameroon, while Mexico outdistanced New Zealand, 5-0.

CONCACAF champion United States opens play on Saturday against Group D rival Paraguay.

CONCACAF.com takes at today’s games in Jordan:

September 30 – October 21, 2016

September 30, 2016

(at Amman, Jordan): Mexico 5, New Zealand 0
Daniela Espinosa 19'; Jacqueline Ovalle 36'; Jimena Lopez 68'; Veronica Avalos 81'; Celiana Torres 87'

Five different players got on the scoresheet as Mexico earned a 5-0 win over New Zealand at the Amman International Stadium in Jordan.

Daniela Espinosa scored the opener in the 18th minute, heading home off the bounce from three-yards out after an initial save by goalkeeper Anna Leat. With nine minutes left in the first half, Jacqueline Ovalle controlled a right-sided cross and fired underneath Leat with her left foot from seven yards.

The Tricolor scored three times in the final 22 minutes.

Jimena Lopez netted on a header in the 68th minute and Veronica Avalos extended the advantage to 4-0 in the 81st minute, finding the back of the net off a Montserrat Hernandez assist.

Six minutes later, Celiana Torres punctuated the scoreline with a left-footed effort from 30-yards out into bottom-right corner.

Next match: October 3, 2016, v Jordan

(at Irbid, Jordan): Cameroon 2, Canada 3
Soline Djoubi 17'; Claudia Dabda 42' / Jordyn Huitema 3'; Sarah Stratigakis 78' pen; Hannah Taylor 83'

Canada fell behind after taking an early lead to rally for a 3-2 win over Cameroon at the Ala Hassan International Stadium.

Jordyn Huitema put Canada ahead in only in the third minute off an Anyssa Ibrahim assist, Cameroon went ahead on goals by Soline Djoubi and Cladia Dabda in the 17th and 42nd minutes, respectively.

In the 72nd minute, Sarah Stratigakis leveled for the CONCACAF power from the penalty spot.

The comeback was completed in the 83rd minute, when Hannah Taylor headed home a Julia Grosso’s left-sided corner kick from eight-yards out.

Next match: October 3, 2016, v Germany