EDINBURG, Texas -- Jamaica put itself in position to qualify for the semifinals of the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship by recording a 9-0 victory over Cuba in the final Group B match for both teams at H-E-B Park on Thursday night.
The Reggae Girlz (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) had to wait out the results of the second game of the doubleheader between Costa Rica (1W-0D-1L, 3) and first-place Canada (2W-0D-0L, 6). Las Ticas needed to defeat the Maple Leafs to clinch a semifinal berth because they would win by superior goal differential.
Jody Brown recorded a hat-trick to pace Jamaica, which secured its second consecutive shutout.
Khadija Shaw lifted the Jamaicans into a 1-0 lead in the second minute as she powered a 24-yard free kick over a five- player wall and past goalkeeper Katherine Montesino.
Brown doubled the lead in the 26th minute against Cuban (0W-0D-3L, 0), scoring from the right edge of the goal box before Sashana Campbell, after Shaw won the ball, found herself alone in front to make it 3-0 on the half hour. Brown tallied her second in the 38th minute as a pass went through both Cuban center backs before she beat Montesino from 12 yards to the lower left corner for a 4-0 halftime advantage.
After Sucel Maceo fouled Shaw in the penalty area, Deneisha Blackwood converted a penalty kick into the lower left corner for a five-goal margin in the 50th minute.
Christina Chang (64th minute), Brown (72nd), Campbell (75th) and Marlo Sweatman (83rd) closed out the scoring.