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2018 CWC Group stage recap: Yenith Bailey takes center stage
While Bailey and Panama were on the losing end of a 5-0 final to the U.S. in their second match, the young shot-stopper was hugely impressive against the reigning world champions, who sought out Bailey after the match to congratulate her for her performance.

MIAMI, Florida – This Friday at 7:00 PM ET, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Third-Place match between Jamaica and Panama and the Final between the United States and Canada on Concacaf’s Facebook and YouTube pages, in addition to the Concacaf App.

The path for those four teams started in the group stage, beginning in Group A in which the U.S. took on Panama, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.

It would become very apparent that a new star in Concacaf was beginning to shine in the form of Panama GK Yenith Bailey, as the 17-year-old registered her first clean sheet of the tournament in leading the Canaleras to an opening 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.

Meanwhile, in a battle of storied rivals, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan each bagged braces to pace the U.S. past Mexico, 6-0, in their opener.

While Bailey and Panama were on the losing end of a 5-0 final to the U.S. in their second match, the young shot-stopper was hugely impressive against the reigning world champions, who sought out Bailey after the match to congratulate her for her performance.

Mexico picked up a big 4-1 over Trinidad and Tobago, setting up a decisive winner-take-all match with Panama in the group finale, with second-place in the group and a semifinal berth on the line. 

Again, Bailey would come though with another clean sheet victory, as Panama advanced with a 2-0 victory, while the U.S. completed a perfect group stage with a 7-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago.

In Group B, Canada were drawn with Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba and a Nichelle Prince brace lifted Canada to their first three points of the tournament in a 2-0 final over Jamaica, while Costa Rica rolled to an 8-0 victory against Cuba thanks to braces from Priscilla Chinchilla, Shirley Cruz and Maria Barrantes.

Jamaica was keen on rebounding against Costa Rica in a crucial clash between the two, and star attacker Khadija Shaw would answer the call by scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against the Ticas. Meanwhile, Canada enjoyed another prolific day in front of goal, with 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema scoring four goals in a 12-0 triumph against Cuba.

Group B would then conclude with Canada fending off a tough challenge from Costa Rica, 3-1, to finish first in the group, while Jamaica punched their ticket to the knockout round with a comprehensive 9-0 victory against Cuba.
 

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