Trinidad and Tobago’s FIFA 2016 Women’s Under-20 World Cup dreams ended on a soggy surface in San Pedro Sula this evening, as captain Renee Mike and her teammates fell 2-0 to hosts, Honduras, in their second group outing at the Olimpico Metropolitano venue.
The result means the teenaged “Women Soca Warriors”, who also lost 2-0 to Canada on Thursday, have no chance of advancing out of the group as, with one group match remaining, Canada already have six points while Honduras have four.
The Canadian women whipped Jamaica 7-0 today in the other group Group A fixture, which all but booked an early exit for the “Reggae Girlz” as well.
Jamaica can still get to four points with a win over Trinidad and Tobago. But the north Caribbean nation would need a comfortable triumph over their regional rivals to qualify coupled with another rout from Canada against the host nation.
The Women Warriors did not manage a single shot against Canada and needed a fine performance from goalkeeper Rebecca Almandoz to keep the score respectable.
Coach Jason Spence’s team did much better on the offensive end today. But not where it really mattered.
Trinidad and Tobago had 54 percent ball possession and completed 178 passes to 160 from Honduras. But, in the final third, the Warriors were still outshot 12 to 6 and the Central American nation got two to go in.
Sixteen year old midfielder Fatima Romero opened the scoring with a solo effort and crisp close range finish in the fourth minute and Elexa Bahr doubled Honduras’ lead in the 68th minute with a headed goal off an in-swinging corner kick.
It meant curtains for the Women Warriors who were eliminated with a game to spare and have only pride to play for when they face Jamaica on Tuesday evening.
Trinidad and Tobago: 1.Rebecca Almandoz (GK); 2.Shaunalee Govia, 15.Paul Shenieka (19.Ranae Ward), 3.Renee Mike (captain), 4.Sawsha Woznuk, 5.Amaya Ellis, 8.Shanelle Arjoon (20.Laurelle Theodore 77), 14.Chevonne John, 18.Naomie Guerra, 7.Maya Matouk (10.Tsaianne Leander 67), 9.Raenah Campbell.
Unused substitutes: 12.Nicolette Craig (GK), 13.Chelsea Frederick, 11.Celeste Thomas, 16.Tonya Richards, 6.Kelsey Henry, 17.Kedie Johnson.
Coach: Jason Spence
Referee: Maurees Skeete (Guyana)
2015 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship
(Sunday December 6)
Canada 7, Jamaica 0 at San Pedro Sula;
Honduras 2 (Fatima Romero 4, Elexa Bahr 68), Trinidad and Tobago 0 at San Pedro Sula
(Thursday December 3)
Canada 2 (Sarah Kinzner 16, Martina Loncar 81), Trinidad and Tobago 0 at San Pedro Sula
Jamaica 2, Honduras 2 at San Pedro Sula
(Tuesday December 8)
Trinidad and Tobago v Jamaica at San Pedro Sula;
Honduras v Canada at San Pedro Sula.