Jamaica’s Under-20 women’s soccer team suffered a heavy defeat in their opening match of the Group A matches at the 2023 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship in the Dominican Republic.
The game took place at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo on Friday, with Canada dominating the match and securing a 4-0 victory.
Canada took control of the game with two goals scored by Anabelle Chukwu just before the halftime whistle in the 39th and 45+1 minutes, giving them a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, Canada continued to dominate, and Olivia Smith extended their lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 56th minute. Despite Jamaica’s efforts to find the net, their attempts were thwarted by a strong Canadian defense. In the dying moments of the game, Renee Watson scored another goal for Canada during stoppage time, sealing their 4-0 triumph.
Jamaica’s young Reggae Girlz now face a challenging task in their upcoming group games. Their next match will be against the United States on Sunday, followed by a final group game against Panama on Tuesday.
In the other Group A match held at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez, the defending champions, the United States, displayed their dominance by defeating Panama 6-0.
The top two teams from each group and the winner of the third-place match will qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
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