St. Kitts, Curacao start Women’s Under 17 with wins

Draynishaina Uranie #11 of Curacao celebrates after scoring a goal during the match between Curacao and Belize as part of the CONCACAF Women’s Under 17 Championship at IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Florida.

Both St. Kitts and Nevis and Curacao started CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship Qualifying on a winning note with victories to open play on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl.

CONCACAF said St. Kitts and Nevis sit atop Group A at the end of the first day following a 4-1 win over the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

First half goals from Sharema Blake (15’) and Mikayla Gumbs (25’) had St. Kitts and Nevis in control with a 2-0 halftime lead, CONCACAF said.

“The USVI would make things interesting though, as a Malaika Rouse own goal (56’) made for a compelling final half-hour of play,” it said.

“However, in the end, goals from Trisha Nisbett (77’) and Jahzara Claxton (90+4’) sealed the 4-1 triumph for St. Kitts and Nevis,” it added.

CONCACAF said Curacao also collected three points to open their campaign in Group B with a 3-1 victory against Belize.

“It looked like the teams would arrive into halftime scoreless, but Curacao duo Draynishaina (44’) and Julainy Thielman (45+2’) had other ideas and struck three minutes apart to make it 2-0 to Curacao at intermission,” CONCACAF said.

“Belize would battle back in the second half and cut the deficit to 2-1, with Khalydia Velasquez (52’) getting her name on the scoresheet, but a late insurance goal from Draynishaina (90+2’) completed the 3-1 scoreline for Curacao,” it added.