Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship: Huitema leads Canada past Costa Roca

Canada kicked off the Concacaf U-20 Womens’ Championship by beating Costa Rica, 3-1, Thursday in Couva, Trinidad.

Jordyn Huitema, the 16-year-old international, scored twice for Canada, which trailed, 1-0, at halftime to a goal by Catalina Estrada in the 28th minute but struck twice early in the second half despite failing to convert a penalty kick.

Huitema scored her first goal five minutes after the restart and Gabrielle Carle netted the eventual winner in the 57th minute shortly after Costa Rican keeper Fabiana Solana saved a penalty attempt by Sarah Straitigakis. A second goal by Huitema secured the victory for Canada, which along with Costa Rica is competing in Group A with Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti.

The USA starts its schedule Friday against Nicaragua (5:30 p.m., Univision Deportes) and will also play Jamaica and Mexico in Group B. Three Concacaf teams will advance to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be played Aug. 5-24 in France. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals, the winners of which qualify automatically along with the winner of the third-place match.
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