• Friday May 10, 2013

    Beach Soccer semifinalists decided

    NASSAU, Bahamas - With Mexico earning a berth the day before, six CONCACAF Beach Soccer games were played on Friday at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer and Futsal Facility to determine the other three semifinal participants.

    When the sand finally settled, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the United States claimed those places and also moved one step closer to a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup berth.

    Here's a recap of all the action:

    GROUP A
    Bahamas 2, United States 9
    In a battle for the Group a Title, the United States sealed a ticket to the semifinals in brilliant fashion, topping host Bahamas 9-2.

    Nicolas Perera struck three times for the Americans, his third straight multi-goal game. The 27-year-old, who has a tournament-best eight goals, the U.S. a 1-0 lead five minutes into the contest.

    Brendon Taguinod scored twice in the pivotal second period, helping the Americans to a six-goal advantage.

    Anthony Chimienti closed the U.S. goal account with his second goal of the encounter just before the final whistle.

    The Bahamas, which won in its opening two games, got goals from Lesly St Fleur and Gavin Christie.

    Guatemala 9, Puerto Rico 2 
    Luis Valencia scored four goals and Guatemala defeated Puerto Rico 9-2 for its first win of the tournament. Both teams had already been eliminated from contention.

    Eduardo Samayoa netted the Chapines' first and eighth goals, giving him three for the competition

    Thanks to the victory, Guatemala will face the Bahamas in the match for fifth place o Saturday.

     

    GROUP B
    Canada 8, Trinidad & Tobago 5
    Canada overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat Trinidad & Tobago, 8-5.

    Yannick Rome-Gosselin scored four goals for the Canadians, all in the opening 24 minutes.

    Shallun Bobb netted his second straight brace for Trinidad in a losing effort, giving him a team-best four goals.

    Both teams will play again later in the day with the possibility of gaining the best second-place record and a semifinal berth.

    Mexico clinched the group title on Thursday.

    Canada 0, Trinidad & Tobago 5
    In a reversal from their initial meeting earlier in the day, Trinidad & Tobago defeated Canada 5-0, a result that left both teams without any chance of advancing to the semifinals.

    Chad Apoo scored three goals and Shallun Bobb netted his fifth in three games.

    Trinidad and Canada will meet again on Saturday in the match for seventh place.

     

    GROUP C
    El Salvador 5, Costa Rica 12
    In the highest-scoring game of the competition thus, Costa Rica raced past El Salvador, 12—5, to win the Group C title with five points from its two games.

    Geivin Pacheco (4 goals) and Jose Mendoza (3 goals) combined to net more than half of the Ticos' goal haul.

    Frank Velasquez scored twice in a losing effort for the Salvadorans, who will meet Jamaica later in the day.

    El Salvador 8, Jamaica 4
    El Salvador kept alive its hopes of advancing to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, defeating Jamaica 8-4 to complete the group phase with the best second-place record.

    The Salvadorans needed to beat Jamaica by more than three goals to advance ahead of the Bahamas, which lost 9-2 to the United States earlier in the day.

    Jose Roberto Membreño's goal with three minutes left in regulation proved to be the difference.

    Elmer Atilio Robles scored one goal in each period to lead the Central Americans, who finished fourth in the 2011 Beach Soccer World Cup.

     

    2013 CONACACF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
    Saturday - May 11, 2013

    Match for 9th Place
    Jamaica v Puerto Rico, 1:15 p.m.

    Match for 7th Place
    Trinidad & Tobago v Canada, 2:30 p.m.

    Semifinals
    United States v Costa Rica, 3:45 p.m.
    Mexico v El Salvador, 5:00 p.m.

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