Trinidad & Tobago's Hakeem King (red jersey), who scored three goals in victory, looks to avoid being kicked during a CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship match against the US Virgin Islands on February 22, 2017, in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)
NASSAU, Bahamas – The third day of play at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship features a schedule of six matches. CONCACAF.com will be providing updates throughout the day and evening from the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility.
GROUP C: US Virgin Island 1, Trinidad & Tobago 5
Trinidad & Tobago topped the US Virgins, 5-1, to earn its second win of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship and claim a place in the quarterfinals.
Hakeem King netted a hat-trick for the Soca Warriors, scoring once in the first period and twice in the second.
Goals: 0-1: King, min. 7 (1); 1-1: Vollmer, min. 2 (1); 1-2: King, min. 5 (2); 1-3: King, min. 2 (2); 1-4: Appoo, min. 4 (3); 1-5: Appoo, min. 2 (3)
GROUP C: Antigua & Barbuda 2, USA 7
The United States joined Group C rival Trinidad & Tobago in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship's last eight after beating Antigua and Barbuda, 7-2.
In an outing that saw six different players score for the Americans, Edwin Soto’s men ensured a top-two spot with their group finale against T&T set for tomorrow.
Goals: 1-0: Daniel, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Valentine, min. 9 (1); 1-2: Futagaki, min. 7 (1); 1-3: Van Zytveld, min. 4 (1); 1-4: Thomas own-goal, min. 3 (1); 1-5: Feld, min. 11 (3); 1-6: Canale, min. 6 (3); 2-6: Hughes, min. 5 (3); 2-7: Valentine, min. 0 (3)
GROUP D: Panama 4, El Salvador 4 (2:3 pens)
El Salvador edged closer to CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship progression Wednesday after edging Panama 3-2 on penalties in the Nassau rain, following a 4-4 draw.
Panama battled back from 3-1 down to force extra time, but captain Agustin Ruiz ended up converting the winning penalty for the Salvadorans.
Goals: Batres, 0-1: min. 5 (1); 1-1: Watson, min. 1 (1); 1-2: Batres, min. 7 (2); 1-3: Ruiz, min. 2 (2); 2-3: Maquensi, min. 2 (2); 3-3: Maquensi, min. 0 (2); 3-4: Ramires, min. 5 (3); 4-4: Maquensi, min. 2 (3)
Penalties: Garcia (Panama) missed; Batres (El Salvador) scored; Bultron (Panama) scored; Ramirez (El Salvador) saved; Maquensi (Panama) saved; Ruiz (El Salvador) scored
GROUP A: Belize 1, Guyana 4
Belize’s chances of progressing to the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship quarterfinals were ended on Wednesday after a 4-1 loss to by Guyana.
The Guyanese - in their second-ever game in the competition - earned their first points thanks to a brace from captain Deshawn Joseph and a heroic display from goalkeeper Ethan Sparman.
Joseph scored the match's first and last goals.
Goals: 0-1: Joseph, min. 8 (1); 1-1: Haynes own-goal, min. 7 (2); 1-2: Jahshaun Moore, min. 0 (2); 1-3: Haynes, min. 11 (3); 1-4: Joseph, min. 7 (3)
GROUP D: Turks & Caicos Islands 2, Costa Rica 8
Danny Johnson Handson hit for a hat-trick as Costa Rica claimed its first points of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in an 8-2 win against Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Costa Ricans now sit second in Group D and are in position to progressing to the next round after Handson struck three times alongside a brace from Greivin Pacheco Quesada in a dominant display.
Handson opened the scoring for Costa Rica when Pendieno Brooks failed to keep his effort from crossing the line.
The Turks and Caicos goalkeeper was beaten again with five seconds left of the period, this time by opposite number Niels Fallas Beita.
Handson’s second extended Costa Rica’s lead and, after Jeff Beljour missed a golden opportunity at the other end, Handson was at it again, wrapping up his hat-trick with a tidy finish into the corner.
Captain Quesada added two in quick succession, his second a wonderful acrobatic effort, although Turks and Caicos got off the mark before the final frame thanks to Herby Magny’s prodded strike.
Javier Angulo Mora provided the best response however - finding the net straight from the restart.
Costa Rica benefitted from another goalkeeper’s goal when Claudio Adanis Mora found the net after the restart, although Turks and Caicos continued to battle and saw Cadet grab another consolation late on.
Goals: 0-1: Handson, min. 5 (1); 0-2: Beita, min. 0 (1); 0-3: Handson, min. 8 (2); 0-4: Handson, min. 3 (2); 0-5: Quesada, min. 2 (2); 0-6: Quesada, min. 2 (2); 1-6: Magny, min. 1 (2); 1-7: Mora, min. 1 (2); 1-8: Mora, min. 10 (3); 2-8: Cadet, min. 4 (3)
GROUP A: Bahamas 3, Jamaica 2
Host Bahamas wrapped up the top spot in Group A with its third straight win as Lesly St. Fleur’s hat-trick ensured a 3-2 win over Jamaica in heavy rain.
Both sides were guaranteed quarterfinal places before kick-off, but -- with first place on offer -- it was Jamaica who battled back from a goal down to lead.
Two further strikes from Bahamas’ star man St. Fleur made sure of the points in the final match of the group. His last -- a low free kick -- came with two minutes left on the clock.
Goals: 1-0: St. Fleur, min. 7 (1); 1-1: Rohan Reid, min. 11 (2); 1-2: Benjamin, min. 2 (2); 2-2: St. Fleur, min. 2 (2); 3-2: St. Fleur, min. 2 (3)