MIAMI, Florida – The first window of 2022 Concacaf W Qualifying came to an end on Tuesday night to cap a memorable week of women’s football in the Concacaf region.
GK Alianna Matamoro, Cuba
Cuba are neck and neck with Haiti in Group E thanks in part to Matamoro, who started both games for Cuba and kept clean sheets in the 3-0 win against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the 14-0 triumph over British Virgin Islands.
DF Rebeca Bernal, Mexico
Bernal was excellent for El Tricolor, notching a goal in the 9-0 win against Suriname and in the 8-0 victory over Antigua and Barbuda. She was her usual self in defense, leading the Mexico back line and serving as a vacuum cleaner in recovering possession for her side.
DF Jennyfer Limage, Haiti
The Haitian center back was excellent in the window, as Haiti recorded clean sheets wins versus Honduras and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In addition to being an accurate passer and capable of splitting lines with vertical balls into teammates, Limage never shied from a challenge either on the ground or the air and usually came out the better.
DF Paola Solares, Guatemala
Guatemala were also a big winner during the window with a pair of victories and Solares contributed at both ends, forcing an own goal in the opening win against US Virgin Islands, followed by a stellar defensive effort against Curacao.
DF Carina Baltrip-Reyes, Panama
Baltrip-Reyes stands to be the left back for many years to come for Panama. The two games were her first World Cup Qualifiers with the Canaleras, but one would have never known by her leadership on the field and ability to attack and defend, as she helped Panama secure two clean sheet wins.
MF Manuela Lareo, Dominican Republic
Lareo scored in both wins for the Dominican Republic with a brace in the 9-0 victory against Grenada and a penalty conversion in the 4-0 triumph over Cayman Islands. She also stood out with her crossing, tackling and leadership in organizing her side in the middle of the park.
MF Vivian Herrera, Guatemala
Herrera pulled the strings in the Guatemalan midfield in the 9-0 win over US Virgin Islands in which she had a superb goal via free kick before leading the Chapines to the 6-0 win versus Curacao.
MF Stephany Mayor, Mexico
The 2021 Concacaf Women’s Player of the Year nominee showed why she is one of the region’s best with her attacking prowess on display in the wins over Suriname and Antigua and Barbuda. Mayor finished the window with three goals, exhibiting poise and control in the final third.
FW Khadija Shaw, Jamaica
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup side Jamaica collected a pair of wins and it was no surprise to see Shaw in the middle of things, with two goals in each game, a 4-0 win over Bermuda and 6-1 against Grenada. The Manchester City woman also collected a pair of assists.
FW Yeranis Lee, Cuba
Right at the top of the W Qualifying scoring table sits Lee, who had six goals in Cuba’s two games, including in the 14-0 win over British Virgin Islands in which she had a hat trick in each half.
FW Roselord Borgella, Haiti
Five goals in two games for the Haitian goal-scorer, including four against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Not bad for a player who played her first National Team match in seven years.