Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women ended their campaign in North Carolina with a 7-0 loss as the United States claimed the Group A crown at the 2018 concacaf Women’s Championship at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday night.
The Americans (3W-0D-0L, 9 points), the top-ranked women’s team in the world and defending FIFA Women’s World Cup champions, will face the second-place team from Group B — either Jamaica, Costa Rica or Canada — in the semifinals in Frisco, Texas on Sunday. Group B will be decided in Edinburg, Texas on Thursday night.
The Soca Princesses finished the tournament at 0W-0D-3L.
Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan (94 international goals) scored two goals apiece. Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath added one apiece.
The USA, which outscored its group-stage foes, 18-0, dominated the match from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. The hosts hit the woodwork four times in the opening half, three times by Morgan.
Morgan scored from close range in the ninth minute. Goalkeeper Saundra Baron and the woodwork frustrated the Americans until they struck during a four-minute span to break the game open. Lavelle tallied off a 30-yard rocket in the 40th minute and from eight yards three minutes later. Dunn powered a 20-yard shot home in the 44th minute for a 4-0 halftime advantage. Baron did have to make a few timely saves to deny the Americans from adding to their tally.
Horan (49th minute), Morgan (50th) and Heath (58th) scored in the second half.
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was credited with the shutout.
Trinidad and Tobago 20.Saundra Baron (GK); 16.Shadi Cecily Stoute, 7.Jonelle Cato (17.Lauryn Hutchinson 12′ [15.Shenelle Henry 46′]), 4.Rhea Belgrave, 9.Liana Hinds; 6.Natasha St Louis, 18.Naomie Guerra, 2.Ayana Russell, 14.Karyn Forbes (captain), 11.Janine Francois; 3.Mariah Shade.
Subs not used: 1.Kimika Forbes (GK), 5.Arin King, 8.Patrice Superville.
Head Coach: Shawn Cooper
United States (4-3-3): 1.Alyssa Naeher (GK); 5.Kelley O’Hara (11.Mallory Pugh 71), 4.Becky Sauerbrunn, 7.Abby Lynn, 19.Crystal Dunn; 16.Rose Lavelle (10.Carli Lloyd, 46′), 8.Julie Ertz, 9.Lindsey Horan; 17.Tobin Heath, 13.Alex Morgan (captain) (3.Samantha Mewis, 60′), 15.Megan Rapinoe.
Subs not used: 18.Ashlyn Harris (GK), 2.Emily Sonnett, 6.Morgan Brian, 12.Hailie Mace, 14.Casey Short, 20.Christen Press.
Head Coach: Jillian Ellis
Photo courtesy CONCACAF.