Veronica Charlyn Corral (pictured) scored twice in helping Mexico to a 4-2 win over Trinidad & Tobago in the match for third place in the CONCACAF Women's Championship on October 26, 2014, in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHESTER, Pennsylvania -- Veronica Charlyn Corral scored twice to lift Mexico to a 4-2 victory over Trinidad & Tobago after extra time in the third-place match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship (CWC) on Sunday and into the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (WWC).
Both of the 23-year-old forward’s goals came after the initial 90 minutes of play at PPL Park.
Mexico, which qualified for its third World Cup, joined the United States, Costa Rica and host Canada as CONCACAF representatives.
"It is a very happy mood for the program," Mexico head coach Leonardo Cuellar said. "We have the talent to build this team. We now have the time to have a very aggressive preparation. We expect to represent CONCACAF well in the World Cup."
Trinidad & Tobago will get a third opportunity to clinch its first WWC berth in a home-and-home series with Ecuador starting in November.
"As disappointed as I am not to get it done here this weekend, I've said it all along. I still think we'll go down to Ecuador and get after it that," Trinidad head coach Randy Waldrum said. "We can win home and away."
Corral, who set up Mexico’s first goal, saved her scoring heroics for extra time.
She connected on the tie-breaker in the 104th minute, beating goalkeeper Kimika Forbes from six yards off Kenti Robles' right-wing cross.
In the opening minute of the second extra period, Corral gave the Mexicans some breathing room, netting into the lower left corner.
The Mexicans drew first blood in the 24th minute as Sandra Stephany Mayor converted Corral’s left-wing feed from 12-yards out for her second goal of the tournament.
Trinidad equalized in the 57th minute. Forward Ahkeela Mollon floated in a cross from the right side that Kennya Cordner headed past goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar at the far left post for her third goal of the competition.
The Soca Princesses took the lead in the 78th minute. A left-wing delivery from Cordner bounced off teammate Brianna Ryce in front of the goal. The ball went to Mariah Shade, who slotted it home for a 2-1 advantage.
A minute later, the Mexicans knotted it up. Mayor launched a right-wing cross that an open Monica Ocampo headed in for a 2-2 tie.