Lindsey Horan’s three goals led the United States, defending U-20 Women’s World cup champions, to a 6-0 win over Costa Rica in their opening game of qualifying for the 2014 event. The win is a tournament record 11th straight for the U.S.
Horan opened the scoring in the 13th minute on a header, then struck again in the 24th minute and first half stoppage time to complete a first-half hat trick. Her 85th minute header was initially ruled a goal for Horan, but later declared an own goal.
Costa Rica’s Noelle Sanz missed a penalty kick in the 43rd minute.
Savannah Jordan and Summer Green scored the United States’ other two goals, with Horan assisting Green’s tally in the 61st minute and Green setting up Jordan in the 81st.
Next up for the Americans is Jamaica on Saturday and Guatemala on Monday. Jamaica and Guatemala drew 0-0 on Thursday.
On Friday, Honduras plays Trinidad & Tobago, while hosts Cayman Islands take on Mexico. The top three teams from the tournament will advance to Canada this summer for the U-20 Women’s World Cup.