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