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Canada beats Mexico in penalty kicks to clinch spot at U-20 Women's World Cup

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Victoria Pickett scored the deciding goal in penalty kicks as Canada clinched a berth at next year's FIFA under-20 Women's World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Mexico on Friday night at the CONCACAF U-20 championship.

Bianca St. Georges, Vital Kats, Taylor Pryce, Mika Richards also had goals for Canada, which won 5-4 in penalty kicks.

Canadian goalkeeper Rylee Foster stopped Monica Flores on Mexico's second penalty kick attempt.

Despite clinching a berth at the U-20 Women's World Cup, Canada will still face either the United States or host Honduras in the tournament final on Sunday.

Mexico still has another shot at obtaining a place at the U-20 World Cup that takes place from Nov. 13-Dec. 3, 2016 in Papua New Guinea. The winner of the third-place match will also qualify for the World Cup.

The Canadians are four-time CONCACAF women's youth champions, twice at the U-20 level and once each at the U-17 and U-15 levels.

The Canadian Press

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