Canadian Women win big against Jamaica in Concacaf Olympic qualifying

Canadian Women
Jordyn Huitema celebrates one of her five goals scored against Jamaica in Olympic Qualifiers. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer.

Edinburg, Texas — The Canadian Women won their second game of Olympic Qualifying with ease, scoring nine goals over Jamaica. Meanwhile, Jamaica showed some desperation in the early parts of the game. Towards the end of the game they looked as if they lost a lot of that energy.

All the credit should be given Canada, as Jamaica was their first real test in their Olympic qualifying and they passed with flying colors. This is especially true when Christine Sinclair did not play and Adriana Leon came into the game late in the second half. Both scored six of Canada’s 11 goals against St. Kitts and Nevis.

Game Overview

First Half

In the first 20 minutes, Canada dominated Jamaica by scoring two goals in the process. In the first goal, Jamaica showed desperation blocking two of Janine Beckie’s shots. However, the ball then went to Jordyn Huitema, who scored the first goal of the game in the 9th minute. The second goal was scored because of a wonderful cross by Beckie. Huitema missed the cross, but Deanne Rose was there to put it in the back of the net.

Jamaica then took back possession for the next 20 minutes of play. However, the Reggae Girlz never threatened Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé. At the end of the first half, Huitema gave a good pass to Beckie, who finished the play by scoring Canada’s third goal.

While Jamaica was able to play competitively in the first half, that was not true in the second half.

Second Half

The half started with Beckie on another break-away and another easy goal in the 53rd minute. From there Canada ended up scoring five more goals.

Huitema scored the first of five goals on a cross from Rose, with a header. Huitema finished the day with five goals and Beckie followed behind with a hat-trick. It was a blowout as the Jamaican defense looked quite vulnerable to Canada’s attack.

However, Jamaica’s best chance came in the second half. They almost scored in the 85th minute. Jamaica were already down 8-0 by that time and Jamaica conceded another goal to finish the game off.

This is a positive victory for the Canadian women’s national team. They may have been the favorites before the game, but Jamaica was one of only three CONCACAF nations to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year. Now, Canada and Mexico will battle for the top spot in Group B on Tuesday.

Canada vs. Mexico Preview

The four semifinalists have been determined. The United States and Costa Rica dominated Group A and Canada and Mexico are the top two in Group B. However, the only thing that has not been determined is who will finish first and second in both groups.

The United States will face Costa Rica for supremacy in Group A on tonight. Tomorrow, it’ll be Canada and Mexico facing off. However, unlike Canada, Mexico struggled against Jamaica.

This match will be important to Canada as it determines the seeding of the semifinals. The semifinals will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park at Carson, California. It will take place on Friday.

If Canada finishes first in their group, they will face the loser of the USA-Costa Rica game on Feb. 3. However, if Costa Rica and the United States draw, the USWNT will take first place on goal differential. The winners of the semifinals will qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo. They will face each other on Feb. 9 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

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