Leon scores four as Canada picks up 12-0 win over Cuba; Jamaica beats Costa Rica 1-0
Canada is comfortably in first place in Group B
Seattle Reign FC forward Adriana Leon prior to a Canada game earlier this year. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)
Seattle Reign FC forward Adriana Leon prior to a Canada game earlier this year. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)

Canada got their second win of the Concacaf Women’s Championship on Monday night, 12-0 over Cuba at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas.

With Monday’s results, Canada is in first place in Group B. Costa Rica is in second place and Jamaica is close behind in third, following Jamaica’s big win over Costa Rica earlier Monday. Jamaica will next face Cuba on Wednesday, while Costa Rica will take on Canada on the final group stage day — as Jamaica and Costa Rica compete for the second semifinal spot out of Group B.

Seattle Reign FC forward Adriana Leon bagged a brace in the first 23 minutes and then added two more in the second half. She now has 12 international goals in her career. She added an assist on 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema’s first half goal as Canada dominated from the start to finish. Huitema and Leon each scored four goals in the win.

Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan started in goal for Canada, her sixth international appearance. Sheridan was a late add to the roster after an injury to Erin McLeod. She was not called on to make a save in the shutout.

Sheridan was joined in the starting lineup by Leon, Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash) and Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), as Canada made seven changes from the starting XI that opened the tournament. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC) subbed on at halftime.

Leon’s first goal came in the 11th minute, when Matheson played a square ball to Leon, open at the top of the six-yard box. Leon calmly slotted it in with her left foot for the game’s opening goal.

Canada doubled their lead in the 13th minute on a header goal from Huitema, and a header assist from Quinn.

Leon made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute and then Deanne Rose scored two minutes later to make it 5-0. Leon then assisted on the fifth and final goal of the first half as Huitema scored her second of the game in the 37th minute.

In addition to Leon and Huitema’s success, Matheson was active throughout the match. In the 15th minute, her long-distance strike was just tipped off the crossbar by Cuba goalkeeper Lucylena Martinez.

Canada picked up the second half right where they left off, with a 52nd minute goal from Huitema to complete her hat trick. It’s the first international hat trick for Huitema.

Leon made it 7-0 in the 55th minute, completing her hat trick with a right-footed near post finish.

Quinn scored her fourth international goal in the 56th minute on a corner kick after Matheson had a shot blocked out for a corner. As Cuba tried to clear it, Quinn picked up the loose ball, spun around and looped it into the upper left-hand corner of the goal to make it 8-0. Leon made it 9-0 with her fourth of the night in the 59th minute.

Sinclair made it 10-0 in the 63rd minute with her 174th international goal. After what looked to be a handball in the box by Cuba, Sinclair picked up the rebound and cooly slotted it home with her right foot.

Sinclair passed up a chance at another goal in the 71st minute, dishing to Huitema to set up Huitema’s fourth goal of the night to make it 11-0. Sinclair had another shot saved by Martinez in the 80th minute, as she searched for another goal to add to her tally as she chases Abby Wambach’s record of 184.

Matheson finally got a goal of her own in the 72nd minute, after a darting run into the box to finish off an assist from Sophie Schmidt to put the score at 12-0.

Zadorsky nearly made it 13-0 late with a shot from outside the box in the 86th minute, but Martinez made a stellar save, diving low and to her right, to deny the defender a goal at the near post.


Jamaica 1 | Costa Rica 0

In Monday’s first game, Jamaica came away with a huge win, 1-0 over Costa Rica.

Khadija Shaw (University of Tennessee) scored the game’s only goal in the 46th minute.

Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider (University of North Carolina) made five saves in the win. In the 53rd minute she stopped Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriguez’s point-blank shot to preserve the clean sheet.

Costa Rica had an equalizing goal from Priscilla Chinchilla in the 56th minute called back controversially. It seemed that the ball was ruled to have been in Schneider’s possession when Chinchilla scored it, but replays appeared to show otherwise.

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