Four days of CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying have gone by and we pretty much know what the final and semifinal will look like with the USA and Canada dominating group play, while Mexico is close behind and could make a run to the final match.
On Oct. 30, Group B provided a Costa Rican win over Haiti by a score of 3-0 on goals from Shirley Cruz in the 35th minute after a horrible keeper mistake, Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno in the 42nd minute on a shot from inside the penalty box before she added another goal on a nice header in the 52nd minute.
A couple hours later, the USA was celebrating its own 9-0 win over Guatemala. Amy Rodriguez scored the first goal of her hat trick in the 21st minute after the Guatemalan keeper left a rebound on Heather O’Reilly’s shot for Rodriguez to knock it in. Just a minute later, Megan Rapinoe then shot an absolute rocket from about 30 yards out that the keeper spilled and watched as it slowly rolled to the inside of the far post. In the 39th minute, Abby Wambach scored the third USA goal on a classic header. A minute later she added her second goal of the night on a right-footed shot that the keeper was not able to deflect completely off target. Rapinoe, with two defenders on her, managed to get a shot off at the top of the 18 for her second goal of the night. Just before the half ended, Rodriguez put her foot on a shot that was going wide left to make it 6-0 USA. Halftime substitute Alex Morgan scored a goal four minutes into the second half off a low cross from O’Reilly. About five minutes later, she was fouled inside the penalty area. The ensuing penalty kick was scored by Carli Lloyd. The final goal of the night came in the 88th minute as Rodriguez looped Morgan’s pass into the goal.
On Oct. 31, Group A matches resulted in a 8-0 win by Canada over Guyana, and a 2-0 Mexico win over Trinidad and Tobago.
Christine Julien started the scoring for Canada in the 15th minute on a shot that just went into the goal. In the 34th minute, Christine Sinclair capitalized on a mistake by the keeper, who dropped a corner kick in front of the goal. Jonelle Filigno added a goal in the 46th minute. Sinclair added another goal in the 50th minute after getting a touch on Candace Chapman’s cross. In the 63rd, Sinclair scored her third of the night by shooting the ball past an oncoming goalkeeper. But the scoring didn’t stop there for her as she scored a fourth goal in the 75th. Fligno scored her second goal of the night just a minute later, and Kara Lang finished out the scoring in to 90th minute.
After a few good chances for both teams, Mexico finally scored a goal in the 45th minute as Maribel Dominguez beat the goalie to a cross and headed it home. In the 58th minute Evelyn Lopez sealed the win with a great sliding volley, a great treat for the Mexican crowd.
Four Matches will conclude group play over the next two days. Group B matches on Nov. 1 will be between the Guatemala and Haiti at 7 pm ET, and the USA and Costa Rica at 9:30 pm ET. Group A matches on Nov. 2 will be between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago at 7 pm ET, and Mexico and Canada at 9:30 pm ET. All matches can be watched live on concacaf.com.
~Alondra HernandezPowered by Sidelines