The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team concluded its first international competition this morning with another mauling, as the young Women Soca Warriors were routed 11-0 in their 70-minute affair with Mexico in Orlando, Florida.
It means that the Trinidad and Tobago conceded 38 goals from three defeats to the United States (22-0), Haiti (5-0) and Mexico (11-0) respectively.
The Warriors did enjoy a brief reprieve as they whipped the Dominican Republic 4-0 last Wednesday. Yet, bizarrely, even the Dominican Under-15 players conceded less goals overall—despite losing every match—as the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island conceded 24 goals in total.
Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 coach Marlon Charles said he was proud of his players’ effort and that his squad learnt a lot from the competition.
“[It was a] tough game for the players, they did what they could have done,” Charles told the TTFA Media. “I am proud of the effort the players made throughout this tournament. A lot was learnt and [it was important to] see what is required to play [at this level].
“Time is the most important area because there’s no short cut in the development of football.”
Trinidad and Tobago finished third in the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championships, two years ago, while they came within a play off result of the Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup.
However, their results at the ongoing Under-15 tournament are the worst ever by a local international team in the 111 year history of the local game.
The Trinidad and Tobago national women’s previous record defeat was 11-0, which they suffered at senior level to United States in 2000 and Brazil in 2000 and 2015 and, at under-17 level, to Canada in 2013.
And the most goals Trinidad and Tobago ever conceded in an international tournament was 26, which they let in at the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship after defeats to the United States (8-0), Canada (11-0) and Guatemala (7-0).
Charles was also head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 team at that CONCACAF competition.
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 6, Dominican Republic 0;
(15 August 2016)
Mexico 11, Trinidad and Tobago 0;
Haiti 5, Dominican Republic 0.