Trinidad & Tobago returns to the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship after missing out on the 2012 edition. In order to do so, it went 4W-0D-0L to capture the Caribbean qualifying competition, earning a 1-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final. Karyn Forbes scored the winning goal in the 24th minute.
In 2014, T&T entered the ranks as a genuine contender in CONCACAF. The Soca Princesses made history at home, defeating Jamaica 1-0 in the final of the inaugural Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup. Mariah Shade, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, struck for the lone goal.
At the CONCACAF Women’s Championship later in the year, the Trinidadians advanced to the match for third place, before falling to Mexico, 4-2 after extra time. Despite that setback, they were handed the lifeline of an intercontinental playoff against Ecuador for the final berth in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. After a 0-0 draw in the opener of that series, the South Americans prevailed 1-0 on the road in the second leg, before a Hasely Crawford Stadium crowd of 23,000.
Trinidad is one of only two teams from the Caribbean to win a game in CWOQ play, topping Haiti – the other side to capture three points from a single outing – in 2004 (6-2).