Jamaica finish third at 2022 Concacaf W Championship

Published on 19 July 2022

Kalyssa Vanzanten scored the game winner for Jamaica against Costa Rica in the third place match on July 18, 2020 at Estadio BBVA. (Photo: CONCACAF Media) 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (July 19, 2022)— Jamaica left it until late to secure the 1-0 win and the third-place spot in the 2022 Concacaf W Championship when the Caribbean side faced Costa Rica at Estadio BBVA in Monterrey, Mexico on Monday evening.

The team, on the way to third behind victors USA and runners-up Canada, punched their second straight ticket to the World Cup and, Monday, booked a faceoff against the runners-up in the September 2023 Olympic play-in.

It was a tense and strongly contested affair with the Reggae Girlz signaling their intent early when goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer denied Costa Rica the opener in minute three.

The Costa Rican custodian, Daniela Solera, returned the favor eight minutes later, stopping a Drew Spence header.

Both sides counted other lost opportunities, with the talismanic Kadijah Shaw missing the mark in the 45+1’ and Trudi Carter hitting the crossbar in minute 62. Costa Rica, meanwhile, saw Raquel Rodriguez’s tries in the 40’ and the 90+2’ go off course.

It was late—and perfect—substitute Kalyssa Van Zanten, coming off the Reggae Girlz bench in minute 99, who scored the lone goal of the match in the 102’.

Costa Rica fought to the end, with Fabiola Villalobos taking a shot in the 117’, but the Jamaican keeper was able to the task to hold down her team’s lead.

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