San Cristóbal, | Estadio Panamericano
Canada head into the knockout phase of the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship after finishing in second place in their group behind winners Jamaica. Canada finished with one win, one draw and one loss after Jamaica won 3:1 in the Wednesday afternoon group finale.
Jamaica’s Jody Brown, the only FIFA Women’s World Cup player at the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, set the tone with the 1-0 goal in the 20th minute, her team-best fourth goal in three matches. Lacey Murray (80’) and Marlee Fray (88’) scored on transition attacks in the last 10 minutes before Tanya Boychuk scored for Canada in added time (90’+1).
On Wednesday, Canada held the edge in the first 15 minutes, with their first big chance in the 13th minute after Kaila Novak was put through on a run. Novak got around the goalkeeper, but from a tight angle missed the target with her shot.
In the 20th minute, Jamaica opened the scoring after Brown got past one defender and then squeezed past two more on her run into the box. She then finished with a left-footed shot that beat the Canadian goalkeeper.
Canada continued to boss possession through the first half and were aggressively back on the attack early in the second half. In the 46th minute, Lara Kazandjian nearly connected with Boychuk at the back post; a few minutes later, a Novak cross was headed by Boychuk, but into the hands of goalkeeper Ella Dennis. In the 53rd minute, an Emma Regan ball forward was headed by Jazmine Wilkinson into the hands of Dennis.
In the 57th minute, an impressive combination down the right wing delivered a cross that Boychuk headed just wide of the back post. The chances kept coming as Canada pushed for the equaliser.
Finally on a counter attack the wrong way, Jamaica made it 2-0 in the 80th minute. After more Canada chances in the last 10 minutes, Jamaica scored again for the 3-0 scoreline in the 88th minute.
In between the two Jamaica goals, Canada hit the post on a Mya Jones header. Then in the dying minutes, Wilkinson shot just wide on a low shot just past the goalkeeper. On the ensuring goalkick,Canada finally caught their break as the kick bounced off Boychuk’s backside over the goalkeeper and into the net.
Canada’s starting XI featured Anna Karpenko in goal, Emma Regan at right back, Jade Rose and Sonia Walk at centre back, Caleigh Boeckx at left back, and Caitlin Shaw, Jazmine Wilkinson, Kaila Novak, Samantha Chang, Lara Kazandjian and Tanya Boychuk from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach Rhian Wilkinson replaced Chang with Marika Guay (46'), Novak with Mya Jones (71'), and Rose with Joanna Verzosa-Dolezal (86').