• Sunday Oct 29, 2017

    Costa Rica qualifies for CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

    Action from the Central American under-17 women’s qualifying match between Costa Rica and host Panama on October 28, 2017, in Chitre, Panama. (Photo courtesy of Federación Panameña de Fútbol)

    CHITRE, Panama – In an evening of high drama, Maria Paula Salas converted a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time and Costa Rica earned a 1-0 win over host Panama on Saturday to qualify for the 2018 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship.

    Both sides entered the match on the last day of Central American qualifying with perfect 2W-0D-0L records, knowing that only one would secure a place in the CONCACAF event slated to take place in Nicaragua next year.

    With the victory, Costa Rica finished atop the four-team table, scoring 10 goals and conceding none in three games.

    The 2018 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship participants are: Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United States.

    CONCACAF.com summaries the action from the Estadio Los Milagros.


    Estadio Los Milagros -- Chitre, Panama

    October 24-28, 2017

    (Games Played-Wins-Draw-Losses-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)

    Costa Rica 3-3-0-0-10-0-9

    Panama 3-2-0-1-7-1-6

    El Salvador 3-1-0-2-1-7-3

    Honduras 3-0-0-3-0-10-0

    October 24, 2017

    El Salvador 0, Costa Rica 5

    Priscila Chinchilla 7’, 63’; Medolyn Guerrero 21’; Maria Paula Salas 49’ pen; Pamela Gutierrez 67’

    Panama 5, Honduras 0

    Rosario Vargas 4’; Anuvis Angulo 18’, 61’, 84’; Yasli Atencio 30’

    October 26, 2017

    Costa Rica 4, Honduras 0

    Priscila Chinchilla 8’; Maria Paula Salas 25’ pen; Daniela Contreras 29’; Medolyn Guerrero 31’

    Panama 2, El Salvador 0

    Anuvis Angulo 39’; 67’

    October 28, 2017

    Honduras 0, El Salvador 1

    Lesly Calderon 78’

    - In a match pitting two teams previously eliminated from contention, El Salvador earned a third-place finish thanks to a 1-0 win over Honduras.

    - Lesly Calderon struck for the game-winning goal in the 78th minute.

    - Panama’s Anuvis Angulo finished as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals.

    Panama 0, Costa Rica 1

    Maria Paula Salas 90’+3 pen

    - In second-half stoppage time,.Medolyn Guerrero was fouled in the penalty area and Maria Paula Salas (90’+3) successfully struck from the spot to give Costa Rica a 1-0 win over Panama.

    - Salas was the only player in Central American qualifying to score in each of her team’s three games, all by penalty kick.

    - Costa Rica will appear in its fourth CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship, the most of any Central American team.




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