Canada beats Jamaica in Women’s World Cup of Soccer qualifying

Nichelle Prince (Andre Borges, Wikimedia Commons)

Canada has got off to an impressive start at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Frisco, Texas. On Friday, Canada beat Jamaica 2-0 in their first game of the tournament. The CONCACAF Women’s Championship is a qualifier for the 2019 Women’s World Cup of Soccer.

In Canada’s win over Jamaica, Nichelle Prince of Ajax, Ontario scored twice. Prince scored her first goal in the 33rd minute and then scored an insurance marker in the 80th minute,

The top three teams in the CONCACAF tournament qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup of Soccer in France. The fourth place team will play a qualifier against a team from the South American Football Confederation.

Canada is expected to face stiff competition from the United States, Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica in the tournament. The United States, the reigning Women’s World Cup champions (from three years ago in Canada) are definitely the class of the field. They have a perfect record of two wins and zero losses to date after beating Mexico 6-0 on Thursday and Panama 5-0 on Saturday. Three American players have more than one goal so far. Carli Lloyd has three goals with her hat trick coming against Panama. Meanwhile, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe each scored twice in the American win over Mexico.

Costa Rica is the only other undefeated team in the tournament. They defeated Cuba 8-0 on Friday. Cuba is Canada’s next opponent on Monday. Canada will then play Costa Rica to close out Group B action on Thursday.

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