EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Khadija Shaw scored Jamaica’s first goal of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament and the Reggae Girlz went on to defeat Saint Kitts and Nevis 7-0 on Tuesday night.
Shaw finished with two goals in the final match of the tournament for both teams. The top finishers in the group, Canada and Mexico, advanced to the semifinals in Carson, California, on Friday.
Eight teams, including the U.S. national team, were taking part in the tournament that determines the region’s two berths in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Shaw scored in the 39th minute and Tiffany Cameron added a goal for the Reggae Girlz some two minutes later.
Jamaica broke away with four goals in the second half. Havana Solaun scored in the 51st minute before Shaw’s second goal in the 57th. Trudi Carter converted on a penalty kick and Kayla McCoy added the final two goals.
Last summer in France, Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to play in the World Cup. Cedella Marley, daughter of the late Reggae artist Bob Marley, was the team’s benefactor in the run-up to the tournament.
Saint Kitts and Nevis was making its first appearance in the qualifying tournament.
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