Canada as expected, proved to be too much for T&T's Lady Soca Warriors as the Natal International Women’s tournament continued on Sunday. The Concacaf powerhouse were 4-0 winners at the Arena das Dunas in Natal. Canadian Coach John Herdman indicated that every player will get pitch time during the tournament played some of the youngr players on his roster against T&T. However, there was still the opportunity for Canada's Christine Sinclair to score her 158th international goal and pull even with Mia Hamm for second place on women's soccer's all-time international goals list when she scored Canada's fourth goal in the 85th minute.
Prior to that, T&T actually held their own for the majority of the game before fitness came into play as it did in the 6-0 drubbing to the USA earlier in the week. The T&T team headed into this match led by captain Arin King, despite the presence of Maylee Attin-Johnson, reinforced with the experience of a few of the players from the squad picked for the USA game who were all unavailable for the 11-0 loss to hosts Brazil in the first game of this tournament.
Coach Anthony Creece was not too unhappy with T&T’s effort. “Our ladies played well in spite of some tired legs and few injuries. We gave up a very soft opening goal and the score remained 0-1 at half time.“We came out determined to continue to take it to Canada but again gave up a soft goal just one minute into the half. The last two goals came near the end when our legs just gave out on us. But we were able to control some spells in the game and I am happy with the performance given the circumstances,” Creece summarised.
“The incoming players although not all that we expected were able to help raise our level in this game against a very strong Canadian group that was very strong tactically and physically,” Creece said.
T&T and Canada are in the same group in the CONCACAF Olympic Final Round of Qualifying for Rio 2016 next year and will meet on February 14th in Houston. T&T’s other opponents in that tournament are Guyana and Guatemala. The top two teams from the 8-team tournament will qualify for the Olympics.
The result pushed Canada through to the final leaving T&T to settle for third place against Mexico who were beaten 6-0 by hosts Brazil. T&T’s next match will be against Mexico on Wednesday and both teams will clash again on Sunday December 20th,
T&T Starting eleven : Tenesha Palmer (GK); Jenelle Cunningham, Arin King (captain), Anastasia Prescott, Afiya Matthias, Janine Francois, Karyn Forbes, Ahkeela Mollon, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Khadidra Debesette; Mariah Shade.
Subs: Annalis Cummings, Sharain Cummings, Joy Daniel, Renelle Findley, Shenelle Henry, Tamara Johnson, Jo Marie Lewis, Melissa Woo Ling, Patrice Superville, Victoria Swift.