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.
“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.”