Hood picks 14 teenagers in T&T Women’s team for Curaçao tournament

Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team head coach Richard Hood has selected 14 teenagers in his 22-member squad to represent the country in the Queen’s Friendly Tournament next week in Curaçao.

The Women Soca Warriors will face Aruba on Wednesday 29 May and Sunday 2 June and tackle Curaçao on Thursday 30 May and Monday 3 June—for a total of four games in six days.

Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Cherina Steele (right) tries to evade a challenge from a St Vincent and the Grenadines opponent during the Jewels of the Caribbean U-17 final at the Larry Gomes Stadium on 20 December 2023.
Photo: Daniel Prentice/ Wired868

The exhibition matches will mark the first taste of senior international action for more than a dozen players, as Hood—who is assisted by TTFA director of youth football and Women’s U-17 National Team head coach Rajesh Latchoo—packed his travelling party with fresh faces.

Fifteen-year-old attacking midfielder Orielle Martin made her senior debut last year in Trinidad and Tobago’s unsuccessful Concacaf W Gold Cup qualifying series.

However, this is a new territory for Mikaela Yearwood, Maya Figgener, Kaitlyn Darwent, Anastasia O’Brien, Kanika Rodriguez, Ariana Borneo, Hackeemar Goodridge, Rasheda Archer, Cherina Steele, Mariah Williams, Tayeann Wylie, Talia Martin, and Sonia Lamarre—most of whom were plucked from the ongoing Republic Bank National Youth Football League (RBNYFL) Girls Under-20 tournament.

Hood’s team also includes 29-year-old defender and Trinidad and Tobago women’s footballer of the year Victoria Swift and talented 24-year-old attacker Asha James.

Trinidad and Tobago playmaker Asha James (left) is fouled by Puerto Rico captain Jillienne Aguilera during a W Gold Cup qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 27 October 2023.
Photo: Daniel Prentice/ Wired868

(Squad)

Goalkeepers: Mikaela Yearwood, Maya Figgener;

Defenders: Victoria Swift, Shaunalee Govia, Latifha Pascall, Kaitlyn Darwent, Anastasia O’Brien, Kanika Rodriguez, Ariana Borneo, Chrissy Mitchell, Hackeemar Goodridge;

Midfielders: Kedie Johnson, Orielle Martin, Rasheda Archer, Tori Paul, Cherina Steele, Mariah Williams, Tayeann Wylie;

Trinidad and Tobago attacking midfielder Orielle Martin (centre) glides past two opponents during the Jewels of the Caribbean U-17 action against St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Larry Gomes Stadium on 20 December 2023.
Photo: Daniel Prentice/ Wired868

Forwards: Alexcia Ali, Talia Martin, Sonia Lamarre, Asha James.

More from Wired868
RBNYFL 24: Pro Series edge Matura ReUtd in thrilling T’dad Girls U-20 final

Tasha St Louis never missed a penalty during her illustrious career as a forward for Trinidad and Tobago. Her mantra Read more

T&T Women fall 3-0 to Curaçao; Hood discusses lessons of three-nation tournament

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team completed their Queen’s Friendly Tournament adventure last night with a heavy defeat, Read more

T&T need result against Curaçao to win Queen’s tourney, after Aruba loss

Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team head coach Richard Hood will go out to win the Queen’s Friendly Tournament Read more

Hood praises young team’s resilience, as T&T Women down Curaçao 3-1

A makeshift Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team made it two wins from two outings in the Queen’s Friendly Read more

Govia completes comeback win for youthful T&T Women over Aruba

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team overturned an early deficit to defeat Aruba 2-1 tonight in their first Read more

T&T Women’s Team set for friendlies against Curaçao and Aruba

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team will resume international engagements in Curaçao later this month, as they compete Read more

Check Also

RBNYFL 24: Pro Series edge Matura ReUtd in thrilling T’dad Girls U-20 final

Tasha St Louis never missed a penalty during her illustrious career as a forward for …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.