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TT women two down but one up ahead for place in World Cup football finals

by | Oct 27, 2014

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Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team

Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team came up empty in two attempts within 48 hours to qualify for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals…and now they must look to Saturday, November 8th and Tuesday, December 2 for the set two-legged playoff with Ecuador…for their third and last shot at qualifying and becoming the first Caribbean women’s team to do so. 

 
The November 8 match is scheduled for the famous 9,350-ft high-altitude Atahualpa Stadium in Ecuadorean capital Quito and the December 2nd return for the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad’s capital Port-of-Spain.
 
At the PPL Park Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA yesterday where the USA closed the 8-team CONCACAF  Women’s Cup Championship as champions…sweeping Costa Rica 6-nil in the final…both USA and Costa Rica as finalists guaranteed World Cup places, Mexico grabbed the other available automatic spot, upsetting plucky Trinidad and Tobago with two extra-time goals for their 4-2 rout in the third-place playoff tie.
 
Back on Friday evening at the Park, Trinidad and Tobago toiled through 120 minutes of regulation and extra time, before falling on penalty kicks to Costa Rica, 3-0, after a 1-1 draw.
 
Costa Rica/s win qualified them for the World Cup then as did USA’s 3-nil triumph against a virtual second-string Mexico team later that night. 
 
Trinidad and Tobago had another stirring test of their stamina and mental pedigree yesterday, having to play another 90 plus extra-time 30 minutes to break the 2-2 full-time deadlock.
 
Tantalisingly yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago recovered from one goal down to take a 2-1 lead with 12 minutes to full time but they were stung into reality with Mexico conjuring up an equalizer within a minute of the go-ahead TT goal by Mariah Shade.
 
Then Veronica Charlyn Corral scored twice in extra time ——————-in the 104th minute, beating goalkeeper Kimika Forbes from six yards off Kenti Robles’ right-wing cross and In the opening minute of the second extra period, giving the Mexicans some breathing room, netting into the lower left corner.

“As disappointed as I am not to get it done here this weekend, I’ve said it all along. I still think we’ll go down to Ecuador and get after it” Trinidad head coach, American Randy Waldrum said.  “We can win home and away.”

The Mexicans had drawn first blood in the 24th minute yesterday as Sandra Stephany Mayor converted Corral’s left-wing feed from 12-yards out for her second goal of the tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago equalized in the 57th minute  through a headed item by Kennya Cordner, her third goal of teh championship which awarded her a place on the All-Star Eleven as Best attacking mdfielder.

Jamaica, Guatemala, Haiti and Martinique were the other nations in the CONCCACAF finals.

The Mexican coach rested influential lost Veronica Charlyn Corral, Monica Ocampo, Veronica Perez, Teresa Noyola and Sandra Stephany Mayor in Friday’s 3-0 loss to the United States and the ploy appeared to have paid good dividends as Corral was a double-hit for the team and Mayor also scored.

Lauryn Hutchinson, who scored Trinidad’s lone goal against Costa Rica, felt the mental challenge to get prepared quickly for yesterday’s game was greater than the physical one.

“You’re able to push your body to a certain point and you have to believe it,” she said.  “If you keep telling yourself, ‘I can’t make that extra run,’ then obviously you’re not going to be able to do it.  We work as a team on controlling our energy.  We’re going to go home and take those ice bags, hydrate up and mentally be prepared because we’re going to come for the fight.”

 

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