Reggae Girlz score important win over Costa Rica
Jamaica's Reggae Girlz turned in a solid performance to beat Costa Rica 1-0 in an exciting Group B CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifier at H-E-B Park in Texas last night
Khadija Shaw scored in the opening minute of the second half and goalkeeper Sydney Schneider turned in a player of the match performance with several important saves to lift the Reggae Girlz to a win that keeps them in the hunt to become the first Caribbean team to qualify to the Women's World Cup.
The result will go a long way in boosting the confidence of the Caribbean champions, considering that Costa Rica's team featured 15 players who took part in the World Championships in Canada in 2015.
Shaw, who led the Jamaicans with 16 goals during Caribbean qualifying, got her goal less than 30 seconds into the second half after a superb run on the left side by Deneisha Blackwood.
Blackwood passed the ball to Shaw, who beat goalkeeper Daniela Solera to the near left post in what was Jamaica's only shot on goal.
The Costa Ricans, who recorded an 8-0 triumph over Cuba in their tournament opener last Friday night, could not find the range and when they did, they found Schneider up to the task, with the Jamaican registering six saves. They thought they had equalised in the 56th minute, when midfielder Priscilia Chinchillia put in a rebound of Shirley Cruz's header off the right post. The goal, however, was nullified due to a foul.
The Jamaicans will face Cuba on Thursday, while the Costa Ricans take on Canada.
Both teams are now locked on three points, with Canada leading the way on six and Cuba yet to register a point.