US dominate as Costa Rica squeeze out Reggae Girlz

The United States confirmed how good they are in the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship with a 10-0 drubbing of Guatemala at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Monday.  

It completed the Americans’ Group A games, winning all three, scoring 19 goals and conceding none.  

In Friday’s semi-finals, they will face either Mexico or Trinidad and Tobago, who played on Tuesday night, to decide the Group B winner and runner-up. Costa Rica, who drew with Jamaica 1-1 on Monday, are the other semifinalists.  

Costa Rica, needing at least a draw to reach the semis, clinched second place behind the U.S. in Group A with four points, two more than Jamaica.  

Michelle Montero scored in the seventh minute for Costa Rica who held on to their lead despite immense Jamaican pressure until the 56th minute when Oshay Nelson Lawes headed the equalizer. 

Costa Rica keeper Mariela Vasquez was voted Woman of the Match. She fully deserved that accolade with some superb saves and enduring several injuries as the Reggae Girlz stormed forward.  

The Americans are the two-time champions. They have now won 13 consecutive games in the tournament and have conceded only one goal in their last nine outings.  

Scorers against Guatemala were McKenzie Meehan (3), Mallory Weber (2), Stephanie Amack, Brittany Basinger, Margaret Purce, Savannah Jordan (penalty) and Rachel Hill (penalty).  

Cayman Islands played Honduras in their final Group B game on Tuesday. Both team were playing for pride having lost their opening two games.  

The Mexicans scored 16 and only conceded once in their first two games and are favorites with the U.S. to reach Sunday’s final.  

The semis are at the Truman Bodden on Friday. First match is at 4 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. The third place match is on Sunday and the championship game is after that at the same times. All matches are free entry.  

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Margaret Purce gave Guatemala’s Celeste Gatica a tough time. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Jamaica’s Keona Simmons fires agonizingly wide against Costa Rica.
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