Trinidad and Tobago’s France 2019 World Cup qualifying hopes ended on Sunday as Mexico kept its hopes alive of reaching the semifinals of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship by recording a 4-1 Group A victory at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Mexicans improved to 1W-0D-1L and three points, but remained behind Panama (1W-0D-1L, 3) in goal differential, minus three to minus two. That will set up a Wednesday clash between the teams for the final semifinal spot from Group A. The Soca Princess fell to 0W-0D-2L.
A second half equalizer from the penalty spot by Jonelle Cato gave T&T some hope but Mexico pulled away soon after. Earlier in the first half T&T started quickly out of the starting blocks and should have gone 1-0 ahead when Kennya Cordner found room on the left of the box before dragging her effort inches wide of the right post.
Charlyn Corral scored twice for El Tri and Katie Johnson snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the 55th minute, nodding home a corner kick for her fifth international goal.
Corral gave Mexico a 33rd-minute lead. Maria Sanchez fired a shot from the left flank that goalkeeper Kimika Forbes saved parrying the ball into the path of an onrushing Corral, who tapped it in.
After she was taken down in the box by Bianca Sierra, Cato converted an equalizing penalty kick past goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago in the 50th minute.
Five minutes later, Johnson scored before Corral added an insurance tally off a right-wing feed by captain Stephany Mayor in the 62nd minute. Sanchez closed out the scoring with a 70th-minute header.
Because of Mexico’s win, group leader United States (2W-0D-0L, 6), buoyed by its 5-0 win over Panama, qualified for the knockout stage.
Trinidad and Tobago 1.Kimika Forbes (GK); 8.Patrice Superville (16.Shadi Cecily Stoute 46′), 5.Arin King, 4.Rhea Belgrave, 7.Jonelle Cato; 11.Janine Francois (9.Liana Hinds 67′), 18.Naomie Guerra, 14.Karyn Forbes; 6.Natasha St Louis, 10.Tasha St Louis (captain) (2.Ayana Russell 35′); 19.Kennya Cordner.
Subs not used. 20.Saundra Baron (GK), 3.Mariah Shade, 15.Shenelle Henry, 17.Lauryn Hutchinson.
Unavailable: 12.Kayla Taylor, 13.Jenelle Cunningham.
Head Coach: Shawn Cooper
Mexico 1.Cecilia Santiago (GK); 2.Kenti Robles, 4.Bianca Sierra (14.Arianna Romero 56′), 3.Christina Murillo, 5.Mónica Flores; 6.Nancy Antonio, 7.Nayeli Rangel (18.Kiana Palacios 56′); 10.Stephany Mayor (captain), 9.Charlyn Corral, 17.María Sánchez; 19.Katie Johnson.
Subs not used 12.Bianca Henninger, 13.Rebeca Rodríguez, 8.Karla Nieto, 16.Cristina Ferral, 15.Ariana Calderón, 11.Mónica Ocampo, 20.Lizbeth Ovalle.
Head Coach: Roberto Medina
CWC 2018 Mexico vs Trinidad & Tobago Highlights
Soca Princesses bow out qualifiers.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).
The journey to the FIFA Women's World Cup next year in France, came to a sad but expected end, for the T&T Women footballers when they were beaten by Mexico in their second match of the CONCACAF Women's Championship at the Sahlen's Stadium, North Carolina, USA on Sunday.
They will now play for pride in their last match on Wednesday against unbeaten United States women. It is the some of the players view that they were never given a fair chance at qualifying.
Marlon Charles, a former national women's coach called on administrators to bring an end to the constant fighting and work together in the interest of the sport. "In football, you have to do more work off the field to get the results on the field," Charles told Guardian Media Sports.
Following on the heels of the team's 3-0 loss to Panama last Thursday, the Soca Princesses who needed a win to have a chance of advancing, were stunned when goalkeeper Kimika Forbes failed to hold on to a cross that was whipped in from the left side, and prolific Mexican striker Charlyn Correl dashed in to convert from the blunder in the 34th minute.
Jonelle Cato later gave the T&T women a lifeline when she equalized from the penalty spot in the 50th minute. But the celebrations of the T&T team lasted just five minutes before the Mexicans found themselves ahead again.
Katie Johnson leapt high to head home a right-side corner in the 55th for a 2-1 advantage before Correl sneaked in from behind the T&T defence to fire in her second goal of the match seven minutes later. Maria Sanchez completed the victory for the Mexicans, climbing ahead of her marker in the box to beat Forbes with a powerful header in the 70th.
T&T will next face the USA at 7:30 pm at the Sahlen's Stadium, facing the possibility of another barrage of goals if the women are unable to pull it together.
Charles told Guardian Media Sports "In football you need to do everything required to compete, and that includes having good preparation, but I am afraid that was not the case with our team which is unfortunate."
He noted "This lack of preparation becomes worse when you're going up against teams that are well prepared. In football, all we need players to do is focus on their technical and tactical aspects of the game. But for the last two matches, our girls just never had that."