Wed, Aug


Trinidad and Tobago's women Olympic team head coach Richard Hood had no excuses for his team's 1-0 defeat to Dominican Republic in their CFU Olympic qualifier on Saturday which put the "Soca Princesses" out of the race for 2012 qualification.

T&T had dominated Bermuda (5-1) and Dominica (14-1) in their previous matches but failed to capitalize on another commanding performance, according to Hood.

"We totally dominated the game and should have won comfortably. We again missed a number of chances including a penalty by Karyn Forbes in the first half.

Generally, we did not play a good game, We were very nervous and panic set in very early, as the opponents pressured every pass causing a lot of errors in the first half particularly," Hood said.

"The second half was much better despite gifting the host their goal in the 52min". Anastasia Prescott, under pressure from an opposing forward passed back to Kimika Forbes in goal who proceded to completely miss her clearance and the forward completed a simple tap in.

Following that the game was played almost entirely in the opponent's half as wave after wave of attack failed to produce any goals for the Soca Princesses.

"It is really difficult to accept losing a game where the opponents did not have a single shot on goal, but in this game when you fail to score your chances you are usually punished.

That's the nature of the game. I now have the task of picking up these girls and motivating them towards preparation for the Pan Am Games in October".

T&T Line up: Kimika Forbes (GK), Tiana Bateau, Arin King, Anastasia Prescott, Rhea Belgrave, Patrice Campbell (JoMarie Lewis, 60min), Karyn Forbes, Janine Francois, Khadidra Debesette, Candace Edwards, Kenya Cordner.