Success Laventille Secondary student Aaliyah Prince banged in a hattrick this morning as the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team got its first win of the CONCACAF Under-15 Championships today with a 4-0 win over the Dominican Republic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Orlando, Florida.
Prince scored all three goals in the second half, as she notched penalties in the 55th and 69th minutes along with a goal from open play in the 64th minute.
Annika Daniel, a United States-based player from Kenmore, Washington, grabbed the opening goal for the young Women Soca Warriors in the second minute.
Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 head coach Marlon Charles was said to be notably relieved, according to the TTFA Media, after his troops were mauled 22-0 in their opening game on Tuesday morning against the United States. Charles made only one change to his line-up today as midfielder Kayla Baboolal replaced Tyanna Williams.
The 22-0 result was a tournament record while Gabrielle Robinson’s five-goal haul against T&T eclipsed the previous individual high of four goals scored by Jamaica’s Jody Brown in a 9-0 victory against Anguilla on 9 August 2014.
Nine different American scorers found the net against the Warriors while Trinidad and Tobago conceded an own goal in each half.
But Charles and company found the Dominican Republic squad much more to their liking and the coach credited his players’ character and effort.
“The effort was better from the entire team,” Charles told TTFA Media. “These players are in a learning environment and everyday is a new lesson for them. It was good to see Aaliyah get among the goals and Annika got us off to a good start.
“I am proud of the players doing as much as they can in this tournament.
“We have two tough games left against Mexico and Haiti and I am looking to see how they will face up to these teams. They showed good character today and now [we] will look to continue it for the rest of the tournament.”
Mexico beat Haiti 2-0 yesterday and lost 1-0 to the United States this morning. Trinidad and Tobago play Haiti on Saturday 13 August and then Mexico on Monday 15 August. Both should provide stern tests of the Warriors’ progress since their humbling opener.
T&T: 1.Chelsea Ramnauth (GK); 2.Tianna Daniel, 3.Roshun Williams, 4.Kady Adams, 6.Chrissy Mitchell, 7.Natifah Hackshaw, 11.Kayla Baboolal, 13.Maria-Frances Serrant, 17.Annika Daniel, 9.Afiyah Cornwall (captain), 10.Aaliyah Prince.
Substitutes: 18.Aaliyah Alexander (GK), 5.Gamelia Waldron, 8.Jessica Harragin, 12.Tyanna Williams, 14.Shamika York, 15.Timia McMillan, 16.Aaliya Lynch.
Coach: Marlon Charles