Semi-final-seeking Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team, coasting along to a goalless draw with Guatemala for that kind of result that would take them there, got the bonus of a deserving 2-1 victory to solidify claim to a place in Friday’s Final Four Stage of the CONCACAF women’s Cup Championship taking place in the United States.
Battling 1-nil loser to perennial powerhouse the United States in their Group A opener in Kansas City, 10-player strong for a half hour but one-nil winner against Haiti in Illinois, Trinidad and Tobago women scalped the winless Guatemalans at the RFK Stadium in Washington yesterday on Kennya Cordner’s 73rd minute header and captain Maylee Attin;Johnson’s exquisitely taken penalty seven minutes from regulation 90 play..
A foul on attacking Cordner led to the penalty.
The captain’s strike buried Guatemala’s hope of a first win or a draw in a Group in which they were beaten 1-nil by Haiti and 5-nil by the US
The US, 6-nil winners over Haiti in yesterday’s second and last Group A match, effectively topped the Group with Trinidad and Tobago first=runner up.
While Haiti and Guatemala exit the championship, the USA advance to play the winner of today’s last Group B match between Mexico and Jamaica while Trinidad and Tobago have Costa Rica, the undisputed Group B winner as semifinal opposition Friday in Chestetr, Pennsylvania.
Trinidad and Tobago would be seeking one win out of their two matches ahead to book first-time passage to the women’s World Cup finals set for Canada next year. The teams winning Friday’s semifinal and the team winning the match between the losing semifinalists will qualify directly to the Cup finals. The loser of the match between the losing semifinalists will have a playoff next month against Ecuador with the winner getting a ticket to the finals.
In last evening’smatch in which TT’sfirst-choice goalkeeper Kimika Forbes was a non-starter as she served a one-match ban for being put off against Haiti, Cordner, who scored Trinidad’s winner against Haiti on Friday, was a threat throughout the game.
Her weaving run through the Guatemalan defense drew contact in the box, obliging referee Lucila Venegas to point to the spot. Attin Johnson stepped up and slotted the penalty kick into the bottom right corner.
TT took the scoring lead, when an unmarked Cordner headed home Ahkeela Mollon’s right-sided cross.
The Guatemalans would pull a goal back – their first in 12 CWC games – in the 90th minute. Kimberley De Leon’s free-kick was flicked in by Maria Monterroso past Trinidad goalkeeper Tenesha Palmer.
Meanwhile USA’s Abby Wambach scored twice to increase her world-record to 173 international goals and Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Morgan Brian also tallied for the Americans in their 6-nil rout of Haiti.
The USA has outscored its opposition in this competition, 12-0, while recording their 27th shutout out of 32 all-time CWC matches.