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Canada crushes T&T 4-1
A hat-trick from Canadian striker Jordyn Huitema and a penalty from Gabby Carle brought an end to T&T's chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva last night.
Huitema who also scored a double in her team's opening game against Costa Rica at the same venue on Thursday, led a commanding 4-1 performance over the fighting Soca Princesses team, which was reduced to 10 players in the 65th minute when captain Natisha John was given marching orders for handling the ball in the box.
The local girls now have no points from two matches while the Canadians now lead the group on goal difference with six points ahead of Haiti.
However, it was the home team which got off to a flying start just as it did in its first game against the Haitians, when striker Aaliyah Prince reacted faster to a right side corner by smashing the ball into the roof of the net to hand the host the lead in only the second minute.
But the Canadians settled quickly and launched a series of attacks on the T&T goal that were thwarted either by the quick intervention of goalkeeper Klil Keshwar, or the dogged defensive play of their players.
In spite of this however, the Canadians got the equalizer in the eight-minute when Keshwar failed to hold on to a cross from the right and inside a crowded area, and Huitema fired it into the back of an open goal.
Later Keshwar made amends by pulling off a blinding save at the back post to prevent Catlin Shaw giving her team the lead. The teams went to the half tied at 1-1, but Keshwar and company could do nothing when Huitema quickly fired in from a loose ball after the T&T defence found trouble to clear Shaw's right side corner in the 51st minute.
T&T's trouble worsened when John accidentally handled the ball inside the penalty area in the 65th minute and was shown the red card. The incident resulted in a penalty which Carle beat Keshwar to her bottom right corner for a 3-1 advantage. Still the Canadians were not done.
Huitema then rounded off the scoring when she out sprinted the opposition defence to slide the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to record her hat-trick, and a comfortable 4-1 win for the visitors.
Canada and Haiti advance out of Group A to the semifinals.
Yesterday's Group A
Haiti bt Costa Rica 3-1
Canada bt T&T 4-1
Friday's Group B Results
USA bt Nicaragua 2-0
Mexico bt Jamaica 4-0
Today's Group B matches
Nicaragua v Mexico, 5 pm
Jamaica v USA 7.30 pm
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