Jamaica’s senior Reggae Girlz displayed commendable determination in their recent Concacaf Olympic Qualifying playoff match against Canada on Tuesday.
Despite their brave efforts, the Reggae Girlz were unable to deny Canada a 2-1 victory in the second-leg encounter at a packed BMO Field in Toronto.
In the first leg, played at Jamaica’s National Stadium, Canada had comfortably emerged as 2-0 winners.
However, the Reggae Girlz stepped it up a notch, making the reigning Olympic champions work for their win. Ultimately, Canada secured a 4-1 aggregate victory, earning them a spot alongside the United States as representatives in next year’s Paris Games.
The scoring action began with Drew Spence netting a 33rd-minute goal for the Reggae Girlz, offering them a glimmer of hope.
But Canada, under the guidance of coach Bev Priestman, mounted a comeback. Cloe Lacasse scored in the 39th minute, and substitute Jordyn Huitema added another goal in the 50th minute to seal the victory for Canada.
While the Reggae Girlz were unable to mount a successful comeback, their performance demonstrated their potential.
They now shift their focus to upcoming matches against Panama and Guatemala next month, where they aim to secure qualification for the Gold Cup.
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