A makeshift Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team suffered their worst defeat in 15 years and a joint all-time record loss tonight, as they were mauled 11-0 by hosts Brazil in the Natal 2015 Female International Tournament.
The “Women Soca Warriors” faced Brazil, who were eliminated in the Canada 2015 World Cup’s Round of 16, with a largely second string squad, due to a clash of schedules that meant head coach Randy Waldrum and the majority of his first team are in San Antonio preparing to face the United States tomorrow.
New Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams opted to fly a squad to Brazil anyway with all expenses paid by the host nation.
And Waldrum and John-Williams explained that the exposure and match practise could only benefit the Women Warriors, who were led by playmaker Maylee Attin-Johnson following the latter’s recent return to the international game.
But the Trinidad and Tobago women received a savage spanking as 29 year old Brazil star Marta, one of the game’s all-time greats and a Sweden-based professional, scored five times to take her international tally to an astonishing 98 goals from 100 appearances as the hosts ran riot.
Trinidad and Tobago had not been on the receiving end of such a lopsided scoreline since the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup when the women in red, black and white strip fell to back to back 11-0 losses against the United States and Brazil in the space of 48 hours.
None of the current Women Warriors played in the 2000 Gold Cup.
Waldrum and his squad should be anxious to return some gloss to the image of Trinidad and Tobago’s international women programme tomorrow, when defender Arin King and her teammates face reigning FIFA World Cup champs, the United States, from 10 pm (TT time) in San Antonio.
Trinidad and Tobago stand-in head coach Anthony Creece said, predictably, Brazil was just too much for his charges.
“We knew it was going to be very tough for us in the first game,” Creece told TTFA Media. “Brazil came out strongly and they never allowed us to settle. Our players were eager to do well but Brazil, at home, proved to be just too much and they dominated the game in large parts.
“We just have to pick ourselves up and get ready for the next game against Canada.”
Creece suggested the mauling might help the Women Warriors in the long run.
“I think it would be a valuable experience for a lot of the players on this team and hopefully they can come back strongly,” said Creece. “No player likes to go down this heavily. We didn’t have much on the bench neither but we’ll lick our wounds and come back for the next game looking to make improvements.
“The bigger picture is obviously the Olympic qualifiers next year and the players here in Natal will be looking to keep building towards getting selected and doing well in the competition next year.”
T&T’s next game will be against Canada on Sunday evening at the Arena das Dunas.
Natal 2015 Female International Tournament
(Wednesday December 10)
Brazil 11 (Marta 10, 28, 30, 52, 58, Beatriz 33, 55, 64, Debinha 48, Raquel 70, Rilany 79), Trinidad and Tobago 0 in Natal;
Canada 3, Mexico 0 in Natal.