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Costa Rica women's soccer team archives remarkable victory

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Published on Tuesday, December 5, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

Costa Rica women's soccer team captured the top spot in Group C of League A of the Road to Women Gold Cup with a 19-0 victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The match was held Monday night at the Saint Kitts and Nevis Football Association Technical Center located in the Saint Peter Basseterre Parish of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. 

According to the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf), with the result, Costa Rica won the group and advanced to the 2024 Women's Gold Cup group stage.

The Ticas wasted no time and held a 3-0 lead after five minutes with a pair of Maria Paula Salas goals in the 2 and 5 sandwiching an Alexa Herrera score in the 3.

Salas then notched her hat-trick in the 9 and a minute later in the 10 it was 5-0 to the Ticas with Salas bouncing a header into goal.

Gloriana Villalobos extended the lead to 6-0 in the 19, followed by the fifth goal for Salas in the 23 and then Fabiola Villalobos scored in the 25 on a powerful right-footed shot to make it 8-0.

There was another spurt of goals from Costa Rica shortly before halftime, beginning with Herrera in the 43, Sheika Scott in the 44, Raquel Rodriguez in the 45+3 from the penalty spot and a sixth goal from Salas in the 45+5 with a shot from close-range for a 12-0 halftime lead.

Costa Rica kept their foot on the gas and it was 13-0 in the 49 with Salas getting her seventh of the night via a header.

Melissa Herrera added her name to the score sheet in the 59 on a header off a corner kick before Alexandra Pinell squeezed in a shot in the 64 to make it 15-0.

A right-footed volley off a corner kick from Mariela Campos in the 68 stretched the lead to 16-0. The night was then capped by Tanisha Fonseca nodding home a header in the 89, Emilie Valenciano slotting one home in the 90+2 and Fonseca tacking on another in the 90+3 to complete the 19-0 scoreline.

The squad has played exceptionally well since they were eliminated from the Women's World Cup in June.

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