The Reggae Girlz have fallen short in their Olympic bid, losing to Canada in the second leg of their Olympic qualifier. The match took place in Toronto on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.
Cloe Lacasse and Jordyn Huitema scored for Canada, securing their berth at the Paris Games next summer. Canada, the reigning Olympic gold medalist from the Tokyo Games, had the advantage after defeating Jamaica 2-0 in the first leg of the Concacaf play-in qualifier in Kingston.
Jamaica took the lead in the 33rd minute with a well-executed free kick by Drew Spence, which sailed over the wall and into the corner, beyond the reach of Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. However, Canada responded swiftly, equalizing in the 39th minute with a goal by Lacasse, increasing their aggregate lead to 3-1. Huitema, who came on as a second-half substitute, then sealed the victory for Canada with a goal in the 50th minute.
The match was played in front of a packed house at BMO Field, with an announced attendance of 29,212. This victory comes as a redemption for Canada after a disappointing finish in the Women’s World Cup earlier this summer, where they failed to advance past the group stage. Jamaica also encountered disappointment in the World Cup, falling to Colombia in the round of 16.
While the United States had already secured the first spot for the Olympics, Canada’s victory over Jamaica now ensures their presence in the prestigious tournament.
The Reggae Girlz put up a valiant effort throughout the Olympic qualifier, but ultimately fell short against a determined Canadian team. Despite this setback, they have showcased their talent and resilience and will undoubtedly continue to make strides in the world of women’s football.