Canada beats Mexico in shootout to reach CONCACAF Women’s Under-15 Championship final

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TAMPA, Fla. — Canada advanced to the CONCACAF Women’s Under-15 Championship final with a penalty shootout victory over Mexico on Friday.

TAMPA, Fla. — Canada advanced to the CONCACAF Women’s Under-15 Championship final with a penalty shootout victory over Mexico on Friday.

Montreal’s Liana Tarasco converted the winning penalty for the Canadians, who won the shootout 6-5 after the match ended 0-0. Canadian goaltender Noelle Henning of Milton, Ont., fended off Mexico’s seventh kick by Elliana Ramirez to clear the way for the win.

Canada will face defending champions USA in Sunday’s final at Hillsborough County Sportsplex. The Americans shut out the Dominican Republic 6-0 in the other semifinal on Friday.

Canada lost 1-0 to the United States in the final Group B game on Thursday. Both teams had already qualified for the semi-finals with opening wins over Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

The Canadians improved their record to 3-1-0 with Friday’s victory, outscoring the opposition 9-2. The Americans are 4-0-0 with a 30-0 lead in goals.

Canada competes in the eight-team League A.

League B includes the next 12 ranked CONCACAF teams: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and -Tobago.

The Canadians won the 2014 edition of the tournament, finished second to the United States in 2016 and missed the semifinals in 2018.

The 2020 competition has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Of the 51 players who have represented Canada in the previous three tournaments, 12 have made the senior team, including Julia Grosso (2014), Jordyn Huitema (2014 and 2016) and Jayde Rivière (2016).

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 5, 2022

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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