Canada w17 looks ahead just one win away from Jordan 2016
Posted on 7 March 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada is just one win away from qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 with their first chance this Friday 11 March at the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship. Canada finished second in Group A with two wins and one loss, falling 1:2 to Haiti on the final day of the three-match group series in St. George's, Grenada.
Canada will face the winner of Group B in the CONCACAF semi-finals this Friday, with that opponent to be known on Tuesday 8 March after Group B concludes their three-match series. The group winner will be either USA (six points after two matches and +8 goal difference), Mexico (3 points and +1), or Costa Rica (3 points and -1).
The Friday 11 March CONCACAF semi finals will qualify two nations to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016. A third nation will qualify two days later in the match for third place.
In the Canada-Haiti match, Sarah Stratigakis scored the game's first goal in the 77th minute, but Haiti then equalised four minutes later on a goal by Mikerline Saint-Felix. Three minutes thereafter, Melissa Dacius scored the game winner on a penalty.
From three group mathches, Canada scored 11 goals and conceded just two. Jayde Riviere, Sarah Stratigakis, and Vital Kats were the goal scorers against Guatemala; Nahida Baalbaki, Akindoju (three), Jordyn Huitema (two), and Kennedy Faulknor were the goal scorers against Grenada.
Canada are four-time CONCACAF women's youth champions, twice at the U-20 level and once each at the U-17 and U-15 levels. Canada have participated in all four FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups since the biennial tournament was initiated in 2008, including three trips to the quarter-final phase.
Between 2014 and 2015, Canada were the only nation in the world to finish top-8 in three FIFA women's competitions (sixth place at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, sixth place at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014, and eighth place at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014).
The kick off time for Canada's 11 March semi finals match will be confirmed after Group B concludes their series on 8 March.