Canada secure spot in the semi-finals after convincing win over Jamaica

Canada have secured their spot in the semi-finals of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship after back-to-back wins in Edinburg, TX. Canada won 9:0 over Jamaica on Saturday night at H-E-B Park on goals scored by Jordyn Huitema (five), Janine Beckie (three), and Deanne Rose. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé posted the clean sheet while Desiree Scott wore the captain’s armband for her milestone 150th international “A” appearance.

Both Huitema and Beckie scored their second career hat tricks for Canada, with Beckie now fifth all-time with 30 career goals. For 18-year old Huitema, Canada’s player of the match became just the second Canadian to score five goals in a single match, following in the footsteps of Silvana Burtini who registered hat tricks twice in Concacaf matches back in 1994 (five against Mexico) and 1998 (eight against Puerto Rico). Along with the goals, Huitema had one assist, Beckie had two assists, Rose had three assists, and captain Scott had one.

When you look across the two matches and the players we featured across both wins, we are going into the third match with lots of confidence,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “A great performance from Jordyn and the team as well, she was set up very nicely all the way from the centrebacks, and she was pretty clinical today.”

Across both wins, eight different players have scored for Canada. Huitema leads Canada and the tournament with six goals followed by Adriana Leon who is tied for second (four). Other Canada goalscorers at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship are Beckie (three), Ashley Lawrence (two), Christine Sinclair (two), Jessie Fleming (one), Jayde Riviere (one), and Rose (one).

This was the second of three group matches for Canada at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the eight-nation confederation championship from which two nations will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada will next face Mexico on Tuesday 4 February (17.30 local / 18.30 ET / 15.30 PT).