KINGSTON, Jamaica – Concacaf Women’s Championship Qualifying resumed on Saturday with Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica getting off to good starts to begin the Caribbean Zone final round in Kingston, Jamaica.
Kayla Taylor put the Women Soca Warriors ahead 1-0 in the 20’ with a fine finish, but Cuba’s Jennifer Ramos Lopez had a response and pulled Cuba level 1-1 just three minutes later in the 23’.
Taylor would then show her ability to strike from distance, as her right-footed long-range effort found the back of the net in the 51’ for a 2-1 lead. Taylor would then complete her hat trick four minutes later in the 55’ with another excellent stroke into net.
Cuba fought back and Mengana Perez’s goal in the 83’ cut the deficit to 3-2, but Trinidad and Tobago saw things out to claim the victory.
In the second match of the day, Jamaica rolled to a comfortable 9-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda.
Heading into the final round of CWC Qualifying, Khadija Shaw led the Caribbean Zone in scoring with eight goals, and on Saturday she added three more with goals in the 9’, 48’ and 53’.
Marlo Sweatman bagged a brace of her own (68’, 73’), while Christina Chang (2’), Trudi Carter (6’), Deneisha Blackwood (27’) and Ashleigh Shim (65’) all added their names to the scoresheet.
With Saturday’s result, in four matches played in CWC Qualifying, the Reggae Girlz have scored 27 goals, while conceding just two, and boast an overall record of 3W-1D-0L.
Qualifying in the Caribbean Zone final round continues on Monday when Antigua and Barbuda look to bounce back versus Cuba, while Bermuda gets into action against Jamaica.