Three more Caribbean teams punch ticket to CWU20 Round of 16
Published on 27 February 2020
A Cuban player in action vs the Dominican Republic in Group C of the Women’s Under-20 Championship on February 26 2020, at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo. (Photos: Mexsport)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (February 27, 2020) – Three more Caribbean countries qualified for the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship Round of 16. Dominican Republic and Cuba advanced out of Group C after a nil-all draw when they faced each other on February 26, 2020 at the Olimpico Felix Sanchez Stadium, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Whilst Jamaica topped Group E in fine style as they easily defeated Canada 3-1.
Both Dominican Republic and Cuba placed second and third respectively in Group C with a win, draw and loss, to finish on seven points each. The United States of America topped the group with three consecutive wins, finishing on nine points.
Jamaica’s first place finish at the top of Group E was not an easy road. Being placed in “the group of death” they had to overcome Central American powerhouses Guatemala and El Salvador before taking on a traditionally strong Canada in the final group match. Drawing with Guatemala 4-all in their opening encounter and subsequently defeating El Salvador 4-1 showcased Jamaica’s scoring ability.
On their way to topping the Group E table with seven points, Jamaica soundly defeated Canada 3-1 in their final match at the Panamericano Stadium, in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.
As early as the 20th minute Jody Brown scored a stunning left foot drive against Canada’s advancing goalkeeper whilst the defender made a sliding tackle to no avail, giving Jamaica a 1-nil lead. Jamaica then extended their lead in the 80th minute when Lacey Murray slotted home a close-range goal volley from a Chantelle Parker assist. The insurance goal then came in the 89th minute as Marlee Fray comfortably placed her shot in the bottom right corner of the net off Jody Brown’s assist.
Canada, however, kept up the fight but was only able to salvage a solitary goal in the 90’+1 through a goal from Tanya Boychuk.