Canada survived dreadful circumstances Tuesday to defeat nine-woman Panama 1-0 in quarter-final play on the CONCACAF Ladies’s Underneath-20 Championship and transfer inside one win of qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup.
Holly Ward, a freshman ahead on the College of Texas, scored for Canada from the penalty spot within the thirtieth minute as Panama proved to be powerful having two gamers despatched off.
Panama defender Wendy Natis acquired a straight purple card within the forty fifth minute whereas captain Deysire Salazar was despatched off within the 53rd for a second yellow.
The match began in a downpour at Estadio Panamericano with the rain so heavy that swimming pools of water had been seen on the sphere inside the first 10 minutes of play.
In some locations, the water stopped the motion of the ball with gamers slipping and sliding. The rain slowed as the primary half ended however swimming pools of water dotted the pitch, affecting play.
The rain had stopped by the point the second half had began. And with Panama down in numbers, the Canadians started to press on assault however couldn’t add to the their lead.
Canada outshot Panama 8-1.
Canada will face Mexico in Thursday’s semi-finals in a battle of 5-0-0 groups. The Mexicans downed El Salvador 5-1 on Tuesday in Santo Domingo.
The U.S. (5-0-0) will meet Puerto Rico (4-1-0) within the different semi-final. The People received 7-0 once they met in group play.
Canada has but to be scored on on the match, holding a 30-0 edge in targets, whereas Mexico has outscored its opposition 27-1.
The match, which runs by way of Saturday, will ship three groups to the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup in August. The CONCACAF champion, runner-up and third-place finisher will be a part of host Costa Rica as representatives of North and Central America and the Caribbean on the U-20 World Cup.
Canada coach Cindy Tye made six adjustments to the workforce that blanked the Cayman Islands 13-0 within the spherical of 16 with Jade Rose returning as captain and Anna Karpenko again in objective.
After an excellent opening, a Canadian free kick skidded by way of the Panama field and hit defender Ana Rodriguez on the arm. Ward slotted dwelling the following penalty kick for her fourth objective of the match.
Natis was proven a straight purple within the dying seconds of the primary half for utilizing her arm to dam a Canadian header off a nook that was headed into the objective. Simi Awujo missed the ensuing penalty, hammering the ball off the crossbar with Panama defender Hilary Jaen fast to clear the ball.
Salazar obtained her second warning within the 53rd minute for a tough deal with on Olivia Smith.
Smith had an opportunity within the sixtieth minute when a cross discovered her on the again put up however a Panama defender did sufficient to intervene with the close-range shot and goalkeeper Alejandra Garay pounced on the ball.
Panama substitute Elka Mojica gave Canada a scare within the 76th minute when her long-range free kick went simply huge.
Canada received all three group-stage matches, dispatching St. Kitts and Nevis 7-0, El Salvador 4-0 and Trinidad and Tobago 5-0 earlier than dismantling the Cayman Islands. The 13 targets in opposition to the Cayman Islands set a scoring document for a Canadian girls’s nationwide youth workforce.
Panama (2-2-1) had downed Jamaica 3-0 in its round-of-16 match.
The match began with a 16-team group stage cut up into 4 teams of 4, with the highest three groups in every pool advancing to the knockout stage.
The 12 groups transferring on joined Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Curacao and Suriname, which superior on to the knockout spherical from a qualifying occasion that happened in September.
It marks the primary CONCACAF youth match because the international pandemic started in March, 2020.
Canada may also compete within the CONCACAF Ladies’s Underneath-17 Championship from April 23 to Could 8 in addition to the CONCACAF Males’s Underneath-20 Championship this summer time.
Canada has certified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup, ending runner-up in 2002 when a Canadian workforce that includes a younger Christine Sinclair misplaced to the U.S. in sudden-death additional time earlier than 47,784 at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
That inaugural occasion was competed on the U-19 stage with the occasion since switching to U-20. The Canadian girls didn’t qualify for the 2018 U-20 World Cup in France and didn’t get out of the group stage in 2016 in Papua New Guinea.
Canada hosted the occasion in 2014, shedding to Germany within the quarter-finals.