After a goalless draw with Venezuela in the opening game on Sunday last, Trinidad and Tobago’s senior women went down 1-3 to their South American opponents at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Wednesday night.
The women, in only their second international game since the inception of the Italian coach and her assistants, thought they had gotten the opening goal when Karyn Forbes fired them ahead but the referee waved off-side.
Instead they went a goal down a few minutes later (23 minute) after captain Paola Villamizar benefitted from a defensive blunder to fire her team in the lead. And they were almost certain of victory when teammate Milagros Mendoza added another just five minutes later, her attempt taking a deflection before beating T&T goalkeeper Kamika Forbes.
But new T&T skipper Tasha St Louis pulled a goal back in the 31st minute from the penalty spot to give her team hope. They battled hard thereafter, but there was no stopping the South Americans from sealing a very comfortable win when Tahicelis Marcano found the net in the 69th minute.
After the match Morace congratulated the local girls, describing their performance as much better than the first game, despite conceding three goals. She promised to work harder to eliminate these errors.
Trinidad and Tobago 1.Kimika Forbes (GK); 8.Patrice Superville, 3.Anastasia Prescott, 5.Arin King (15.Chevonne John 74), 11.Liana Hinds (20.Lauryn Hutchinson 61); 14.Karyn Forbes (6.Nia Walcott 74), 7.Dernelle Mascall, 12.Ranae Ward; 9.Mariah Shade, 10.Tasha St Louis (captain), 13.Shanelle Henry.
Unused substitutes: 21.Shalette Alexander (GK), 2.Ayanna Russell, 4.Crystal Mollineaux, 16.Ke’die Johnson, 17.Annalis Cummings, 18.Kelsey Henry, 19.Laurelle Theodore.
Head Coach: Carolina Morace
Venezuela : 12.Micheel Rengifo (GK); 2.Petra Cabrera (5. Nayle Quintero 46), 4.Barbara Serrano, 17.Yeiny Rosal (18.Hilaris Villasana 34), 6.Rafanny Mendoza; 7.Milagros Mendoza, 8.Tachicelis Marcano; 16.Maikerlin Astudillo, 19.Vimarest Diaz; 10.Paola Villamizar (captain), 11.Joemar Guarecuco.
Unused substitutes: 1.Oriana Palacios (GK), 20. Paola Camacho, 21.Diosely Mendoza.
Head Coach: Josefina Infante
Referee: Cecile Hinds