The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team were effectively eliminated from the CONCACAF Under-15 Championships this morning, after suffering a crushing 5-0 loss to Haiti in Orlando, Florida.
It was Haiti’s first win of the tournament, as the French-speaking islanders added to Trinidad and Tobago coach Marlon Charles’ woes in the competition.
The young Women Soca Warriors lost their opening game by a record 22 goals to nil against the United States, on Tuesday 9 August. Incidentally, matches at this age group are just 70 minutes long.
And, although they rallied to defeat the Dominican Republic on the following day, the gap with the rest of the pack was unmistakable.
Haiti, whose women’s football programme has been on the rise over the last two years, lost just 1-0 to the United States on Friday 12 August. And, despite having just hours to recover before facing a T&T squad with three days rest, the Haitians were comfortably better.
The Warriors will conclude their tournament on Monday 15 August when they face Mexico. Trinidad and Tobago can still catch Mexico on six points if they win the head to head on Monday. But they would need to manage improbable 18-0 win to better the goal differential of the Spanish-speaking North American team.
It is more likely that the Warriors will have another tough outing against a Mexican side that beat Haiti 2-0 last Tuesday and clobbered the Dominican Republic 9-0 yesterday.
CONCACAF Under-15 Championships
(9 August 2016)
USA 22 (Samantha Meza 1, 25, Hollyn Torres 8, Gabrielle Robinson 14, 22, 32, 33, 67, Kalyssa Van Zanten 16, 35, Own Goal 17, 44, Mia Fishel 26, 47, Talia Della Peruta 38, Payton Linnehan 48, 59, 63, Sunshine Fontes 56, 57, Croix Bethune 63, 69), Trinidad and Tobago 0;
Mexico 2, Haiti 0;
(10 August 2016)
Trinidad and Tobago 4 (Annika Daniel 2, Aaliyah Prince 55 pen, 64, 69 pen), Dominican Republic 0;
USA 1, Mexico 0;
(12 August 2016)
Mexico 9, Dominican Republic 0;
USA 1, Haiti 0;
(13 August 2016)
Haiti 5, Trinidad and Tobago 0;
USA v Dominican Republic.