Sweden- Stina Blackstenius

Sweden’s Blackstenius maintains lead goal scorer status

The tournament ended the group round robin matches on November 21 with the top eight teams confirmed for the quarterfinals.

Unfortunately for Blackstenius, Sweden has bowed out of the competition after finishing third in Group A.

Blackstenius currently is the top scorer so far, scoring a total of five goals in the tournament.

The number 9 scored four goals against home side Papua New Guinea and one goal against Brazil.

Coming in at second place are Brazil’s Gabi Nunes, Mami Ueno of Japan and Korea DPR’s Kim So-hyang, all with four goals each.

Squads named for charge at PNG glory

The 16-nation event will feature several players with significant experience already on the senior international stage.

Three times U20 champions USA will line up with 18 year old forward Mallory Pugh who played and scored at the recent Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio.

Paralleling that achievement is prolific Sweden striker Stina Blackstenius who netted twice in Rio, and whose goals helping her side qualify for Papua New Guinea.