Thursday, February 22, 2018

U-20 Women go under 2-1 to Costa Rica in final group game

HOSTS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ended their 2018 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship without a point and bottom of Group A, after losing 2-1 to Costa Rica last night at the Ato Boldon Stadium, in Couva.

The home team led 1-0 at the half, through a Dennecia Prince item before, for the third straight match, coming out on the losing end after having taken an early lead.

Similar to previous defeats to Haiti (3-2) and Canada (4-1), the T&T young Women Warriors failed to knit even three passes together while also continuing to defend poorly.

Costa Rica set the tone and almost had an early goal as well, when Hillary Corrales collected a deep punt in the penalty area and fired powerfully at T&T goalkeeper K'lil Keshwar, who parried aside the shot. Keshwar again kept her team in the match when deflecting Catalina Estrada’s goal-bound shot, onto the crossbar, in the 33rd-minute.

But five minutes later, T&T took the lead when Prince collected a lofted Kedi Johnson delivery into the box and slid the ball through the legs of Costa Rican goalkeeper Nicoles Genis. Johnson also tested the Costa Rican keeper with a powerful left-footer in the 42nd minute.

Just before the first half ended, Estrada had a clear run at the T&T goal but put her shot wide, under pressure from the T&T goalkeeper. However, Costa Rica were level at one-all just two minutes into the second half when Faviola Villalobos converted from the penalty spot, after Keshwar had ended her run into the penalty box .

Trinidad and Tobago’s second wound was self-inflicted. Defender Shenieka Paul inadvertently flicked on a free-kick towards her own goal, the ball dropping to Costa Rican striker Corrales, who turned it in at the far post for 2-1 in the 56th-minute. With that, ended a deeply disappointing campaign for the local team who may yet end with the worst record in the eight-team tournament.