Olympic Qualifier: Canada earns semis berth, pounds Guatemala

Olympic Qualifier: Canada earns semis berth, pounds Guatemala

Canada women’s soccer team savours the moment after pounding Guatemala, 10-0 to earn a semifinals berth in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Rebecca Quinn and Nichelle Prince led the scoring chores for team Canada finishing the match with three goals apiece. Prince nailed her first goal in the 43rd minute via an open play then followed it up with goals in the 84th and 88th minutes also via open plays.

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Quinn, on the other hand, landed her first goal of the match in the 45th minute via penalty kick and then wrapped up her performance with goals in the 49th and 52nd minutes due to an open play in the field.

Backing their performances were Melissa Tancredi, who had two goals (a header in the 6th minute of play and in the 86th minute via an open play); Gabrielle Carle (27th minute via an open play) and Janine Beckie (36th minute also via an open play).

Canada dominated the game as they had more ball possessions and goal attempts. The win gave them the top spot in Group B with a 3-0-0 win-draw-loss record while Guatemala fell out of sync with few goal attempts that send them packing without a win in the tournament and sporting a 0-0-3 card.

In other match, Trinidad and Tobago bested Guyana, 5-1 to also move to the semifinals after finishing the group stages with a 2-0-1 tally.

In Group A, USA tops the bracket with a 3-0-0 followed by Costa Rica with a 2-0-1.

The top two teams in the group stages will then advance to the semifinals which will be played on February 20 while the championship will be held on February 22.

The 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship is a quadrennial international event that determines which teams from the North, Central America and the Caribbean region would qualify to the Olympics.

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