Mexico used goals from U.S.-based Hallie Hernandez and Luz Duarte to beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 on Thursday, keeping El Tri perfect against opponents other than the United States and Canada at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
It was the seventh win in 11 games for Mexico at the confederation finals, with its four losses coming against its North American neighbors.
The loss was the first in a competitive match in the 2012 cycle for Trinidad, which won all seven of its Caribbean qualifiers by a combined 58-0.
Hernandez, from Corona, California, gave Mexico the lead in the 32nd, and Duarte, from Tucson, Arizona, doubled the lead in the 39th, enabling it to match the United States on points in Group B. The Americans routed the Bahamas 10-0 in the first match of Thursday's doubleheader.
Mexico controlled much of the game, generating its first corner in the second minute and allowing only sporadic possession and occasional chances by Trinidad.
After only a handful of genuinely dangerous moments, Mexico went ahead when Hernandez - one of 11 U.S.-based players on the Mexican roster - settled a cross from Taylor Alvarado on the right side of the area, took a touch and arced a left-footed shot over the outstretch arm of Trinidad keeper Lebrisca Phillip.
Trinidad had its most dangerous moment two minutes later when Donika Murray found some space on the right side and unleashed a right-footed drive from the edge of the penalty area that Mexican keeper Gabriela Paz had to punch over the bar.
Alvarado, another of the U.S.-based players from Santa Paula, California, set up Duarte for the second as well.
She raced around Trinidad defender Shanisa Camejo on the right side and sent in a cross to Duate, who beat Diarra Simmons to the ball and one-timed a right-footed effort from 10 meters inside the right post.
Mexico continued to control the game in the second half, restricting Trinidad's opportunities to chances from distance.
Trinidad lost Canejo to an apparent leg injury in the 75th minute, and her long-term prognosis was unknown. Mexico will next play the Bahamas on Saturday while Trinidad will face the United States.
VIDEO - Highlights
Trinidad and Tobago: - Lebrisca Phillip; 5.Adeka Spence, 17.Jonelle Warrick, 6.Khadisha Debesette, 13.Shanisa Camejo (15.Nikkia Billioun 75th); 16.Donika Murray, 8.Victoria Swift (Emma Abdul 89th), 7.Diarra Simmons, 4.Liana Hinds, 11.Khadidra Debesette (Yellow 43) (10.Marlique Asson 66th); 19.Anique Walker (capt).
Coach: - Even Pellerud (NOR).
Mexico: - Gabriela Paz; Diana Rodriguez, Paulina Echeverria, Jessica Valadez, Celinna Montano, Karla Nieto, Cynthia Pineda (Jessica Morales 83rd), Taylor Alvarado (Natalie Rivas 88th), Hallie Hernandez, Luz Duarte (Michelle Gonzalez 72nd), Jenny Chiu.
Coach: - Leonardo Cuellar (MEX).
Referee: - Irazema Aguilar (CUB).
Venue: - Estadio Cementos Progreso Ciudad de Guatemala.
P W T L GF GA GD Pts
United States 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10 3
Mexico 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Trinidad & Tobago 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
Bahamas 1 0 0 1 0 10 -10 0
T&T Under-17 Women's Championship Remaining Fixtures
May, 5th, 2012
USA vs T&T - 04:00 PM.
May, 7th, 2012
Bahamas vs T&T - 04:00 PM.
By Lasana Liburd (wired868)
The Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 women’s footballers gave a disciplined, energetic performance this evening but it was not nearly enough as they fell 2-0 in their CONCACAF opener to Mexico at the Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
It might sound pessimistic to start booking your return flight after just one group match but Trinidad and Tobago’s Norwegian coach Even Pellerud would have no illusions about the scale of the task that awaits his squad.
The T&T ladies play the United States on Saturday evening and need a win to have a realistic chance of advancing to the knock out stages. The US ladies played the opening fixture of today’s double header and hammered Bahamas 10-0—the second highest score in the history of this competition, which was three goals shy of the US team’s 13-0 rout of the Cayman Islands in 2010.
It is the sort of challenge that would make Andy Capp sober up.
Perhaps fortunately, half of the Trinidad and Tobago outfield team will too busy tomorrow to think about the likes of US striker Summer Green, who scored five times against the Bahamas.
The Bishop’s Anstey East defensive duo of Jonelle Warwick and Adika Spence, the Vessigny Secondary twins Khadisha and Khadidra Debesette and Miracle Ministries High School midfielder Victoria Swift will spend part of the day in a secluded room at the Radisson Hotel writing the first paper of their CXC examinations.