The Trinidad & Tobago Under- 20 women coached by recently appointed Richard Hood sealed a quarterfinal spot at the tournament in quite dramatic and tense fashion. With Afiyah Cornwall continuing her insane goal-scoring form and Maria Serrant getting on the scoresheet the game went to a penalty shootout at 3-3. Klil Keshwar would make the decisive save against Paola Morales to secure a very commendable quarterfinal matchup against heavyweights Mexico.
2019.10.02: MD#2 of the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Zone Qualifying game between Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. Trinidad and Tobago won 5-0. Photo: Daniel Prentice/CA-images
This is quite an admirable feat considering Richard Hood had minimal time to prepare his team in comparison to the other countries in the tournament. Trinidad & Tobago football fans who have had no much to smile about were definitely pleasantly surprised by their performance in the tournament. In terms of the objectives before the tournament, this should be considered a great victory for Trinidad & Tobago football regardless of the result against Mexico.
Afiyah Corwall, Aliyah Prince and Maria Serrant offensively have been outstanding with not just there goal-scoring output but other contributions as well. Aliyah Prince has proven quite a skilful and combative player as well as Maria Serrant who displayed her dynamism in movement and creation of space. All these points are made even more valuable considering the short time as stated before for preparation.
Richard hood in a reflection of his aspirations stated the following to Wired868 “To be honest, the quarterfinal round was the target set by the committee,” he also added “But I told the girls from even before the tournament that my target is the semifinal round, and we haven’t gotten there yet. We still have that to achieve.”
Trinidad & Tobago face Mexico on the 4th of March and even though they have a monumental task they have already achieved a morale-boosting victory themselves and the nation that has had little to smile about in recent times in the context of football.
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