A spark of brilliance by Felicia Davidson and her teammates earned Jamaica a 1-1 draw with Mexico in the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17s Championship yesterday. The win ensured a first-place Group A finish for Jamaica, the tournament host.
Mexico started the game with explosive pace and scored the game’s opener in the ninth minute when Betzy Cuevas skillfully chipped the ball from the right wing over goalkeeper Shanay Ricketts and into the net.
Despite conceding this early goal, the girls continued to show their determination against a Mexican team that ‘came to win’.
Jamaica’s equalizer came when Felicia Davidson, a 16-year-old, United States-based midfielder netted directly from a right-sided corner kick in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.
Despite both teams having already earned semifinal spots , the game maintained a euphoric atmosphere. After all, there was still plenty for which to play. Mexico needed a win to claim the group’s top spot, while the tournament hosted only had to avoid a loss.
Jamaica and Mexico’s semifinal opponents will be determined after Tuesday’s top-of-the-table Group B clash between favourites Canada and the United States.
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