Mexico got the additional confidence booster they needed in their 6-0 victory over St. Kitts & Nevis during their second group stage match of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifiers.
It was important for El Tri Femenil to start the match with a goal as soon as possible and Kiana Palacios’l in the second minute of play assured the team their strengths from last match could be reignited and allow them to have the necessary high-scoring result they desired.
Jimena Lopez provided the assist to Palacios and would get a goal of her own two minutes later. Stephany Mayor would get the third goal of the match off a PK while Kenti Robles would make her tournament debut with a start in this match and provided Renae Cuellar with an assist to secure number four.
Cuellar would return in the second half and thirty minutes after her first goal, would score her second of the match (and third of the tournament) to make it 5-0. Finally, Jimena Lopez would deliver another excellent cross and assist to Tigres Femeil veteran Liliana Mercado who would wrap it all up with a strong floating header inside the box and give the Aztecas their three points.
“We knew getting the points was very important. We had to get this result out from this match; now we’re very happy with our performance and focused on the next match,” captain Stephany Mayor stated after the match.
If Canada is able to secure a victory over Jamaica, Mexico will automatically advance to the semifinals which will take place on Friday, February 7th at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles but placing top of their group is a priority and makes their final group stage match against Canada that much more important.
“Right now it’s about recovering from this match,” Mayor said. “But I think we need to focus [on possession] and circulating the ball well [next match] and on capitalizing on the chances we might get.”
Mexico is set to face Canada in their final group stage match on Tuesday, February 4th at 3:30 PM.