The second match of Day 1 in Group A action at the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Championship (CWC) in Monterrey, played on Monday (July 4) at the Estadio Universitario, saw Jamaica down host nation Mexico 1-0.
Jamaica got their goal early from Khadija Shaw in the eighth minute via a free kick by Deneisha Blackwood, with the ball finding Shaw and the forward scoring with a header to open the Jamaican goal count in the CWC.
With this goal, Shaw ties Jody Brown for most CWC goals by a Jamaican player with four.
Mexico looked to respond and in the 15th minute Diana Ordonez almost equalised the game with a header but was denied by the goalpost.
Jamaica’s goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer came up with a big save in the 28th minute by denying Carolina Jaramillo a goal after she tried a long-distance shot, resulting in a corner kick that the Mexican side didn’t take advantage of.
In the 35th minute, after a VAR review, the referee ruled in favour of a penalty for Jamaica after Mexico’s Casandra Montero committed a handball in the area. Havana Solaun was the one who took the ball, missing the chance of extending the Jamaica advantage by sending it over the crossbar.
They were more chances starting in the second half, as Shaw tried to surprise the Mexican front again, but was denied the 2-0 lead by the goalpost. Ordonez, in the 54th minute, had the equalizer again, but barely missed a header that would have been an assist by Bianca Sierra.
Mexico kept pushing as Joseline Montoya, subbed on in the 80th, put a ball in the area but the Jamaican defense were there, ready to cover it.
With this result, Jamaica earned their first win over Mexico in a CWC match, making their overall record 1W-0D-3L.
The next opportunity for Mexico will be against Haiti, while Jamaica’s next challenge will be against the United States.