Jamaica blanks The Bahamas!
The under-17 girls national soccer team is ready to kick it into a new gear, and lock in one of the qualifying spots for the final round of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Championships.
The team got off to a rough start in the second round of the championships in Jamaica on Tuesday. A 0-2 loss to the host team has the female squad fired up and ready to go against top seed Trinidad and Tobago today. Head Coach Daria Adderley likes the new attitude the players have, and predicts an upset over the Trinidadians. The game will be played at 3:00 p.m.
“The girls, they played a good game, even though the final score was 2-0,” said Adderley. “The papers this morning (Wednesday) said that The Bahamas and Guyana aren’t the easy wins both Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica thought we would be. It said Trinidad is supposed to be the only competition for Jamaica, but when they matched up against us on Tuesday, we were as well, so I am pleased with that, because it tells me that not only me saw that we were right in the game. The Jamaican coaches and the fans were really impressed with us. We just missed too many opportunities. At half-time the score was only 1-0. That goal was scored in the eighth minute. We had many opportunities after that goal was scored but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. The second goal didn’t come until the 89th minute. That shows that the team played a physical game and were very aggressive. Like I said, we had some really good shots but just missed.”
The Trinidadian team opened the week-long tournament against Guyana on Tuesday. They stopped the offensive attack by Guyana, leaving their opponents scoreless while they scored eight goals. Guyana will get another chance to pick up a win when they meet Jamaica at 6:00 p.m. today. All four teams advanced to the second round after winning their group, earlier in the summer, in the first round of play.
Trinidad and Tobago is considered the top team in this round. So far, they’ve scored 54 goals in five games played covering the first and second rounds. Jamaica has netted 15 goals, The Bahamas has 12 and Guyana has 11.
Adderley said: “Watching Trinidad play against Guyana I think the hardest team is actually Jamaica. We should match up against Trinidad very well. Tomorrow’s (Thursday) game should be better. We are faster, more physical and hungry. The team knew they could have won the game last night (Tuesday), so they were a bit down, but after today’s practice, their spirits are a lot higher. They watched the game so they know what they have to do.
“We know that Trinidad and Tobago hasn’t lost a game as yet. We are going to finish in the top three, that is not going to be a problem. We know we can’t come first anymore, that is out of the window, but the second spot is still available.”
The Bahamas will play Guyana on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The feature game will see Jamaica go up against Trinidad and Tobago at 6:00 p.m.