Canada, Trinidad and Tobago advance in women's Olympic qualifiers
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 17, 2016 12:46 PM
Canada's Rebecca Quinn (5) celebrates with Canada's Melissa Tancredi after scoring a goal against Guatemala during the second half of a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament soccer match Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Houston. Canada won 10-0. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON (AP) — Rebecca Quinn and Nichelle Prince each scored three goals and Canada routed Guatemala 10-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals at the CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying tournament.
Canada, ranked No. 11 in the world, will face Costa Rica in the first semifinal at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night, followed by the top-ranked United States against Trinidad and Tobago. The winners will earn a berth at this year's Olympics in Brazil.
Earlier Tuesday, Trinidad and Tobago defeated Guyana 5-1 in the qualifying tournament for the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
Melissa Tancredi added two goals for Canada.
Canada rested veteran Christine Sinclair, who scored her 159th goal Sunday to pass American Mia Hamm for second on the women's career list.
Trinidad and Tobago scored three goals in the first 16 minutes and went on to beat Guyana 5-1 on Tuesday to earn a spot in the semifinals at the CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying tournament.
The Soca Warriors are likely to face the top-ranked U.S. national team in a semifinal match on Friday, with the winner earning a spot in the Rio Olympics.
Kennya Cordner, Mariah Shade and an own goal gave Trinidad a commanding lead before Ahkeela Mollon added a goal in the 21st minute.
Bria Williams scored for Guyana before the end of the first half to narrow it, but Cordner scored again for the Soca Warriors in the 61st minute.
Canada plays Guatemala in the final match of the group on Tuesday night to determine the final standings. The top two teams in the group advance to the semifinals of the tournament for the North and Central America and Caribbean regions.