Trinidad & Tobago's Ahkeela Mollon (white jersey) has one goal and two assists at the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. (Photo: Mexsport)
HOUSTON – Thanks to Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago advanced to the semifinals of a second straight CONCACAF women’s competitions.
The Women Soca Warriors finished second in Group B at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 2W-0D-1 record, setting up a meeting on Friday against the United States at BBVA Compass Stadium for an Olympic Games berth.
“It was important for us,” said veteran midfielder Ahkeela Mollon, who has one goal and two assists in three CWOQ games. “Guyana had been fighting hard in all their games. I feel excited going into the U.S. It is always an honor gracing the field with them because they are world champs.”
With the Caribbean power’s current success at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, aspirations and expectations going forward promise to be heightened.
“We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve coming into the tournament that is making it to the second round,” T&T head coach Richard Hood said. “It’s a tremendous achievement. I think, for the future of the women’s program as well, it means a lot. I really means a lot for us.”
In their last competitive meeting at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, T&T dropped a narrow 1-0 decision in the group stage to the current world champion. It ended up with a fourth-place finish in that tournament, ultimately falling 1-0 on aggregate to Ecuador in a two-game intercontinental playoff for a place in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Those close results give Trinidad confidence heading into the winner-take-all clash.
“After being close to having the opportunity to play on the big stage, I think my teammates and myself will be happy to take the field to take on the champions and see if we can make that dream come alive,” finished Mollon. “Now is our opportunity to grace the field for a chance to play in another major tournament.
“We’re looking forward to Friday.”