T&T women face fresh WC qualifier
CHESTER, Pennsylvania (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago will have to take the long route to qualify for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada after suffering a 4-2, extra-time loss to Mexico in the third-place play-off at the CONCACAF Women's Championship on Sunday.
Automatic qualification seemed on the cards when Trinidad and Tobago led 2-1 after 78 minutes, but Mexico equalised to force a 2-2 stalemate at full-time before Veronica Charlyn Corral netted a brace in extra time to seal Trinidad and Tobago's fate.
Trinidad and Tobago will now face Ecuador in a home-and-away play-off next month in their final chance at qualification, and Randy Waldrum believes his side can achieve the feat.
"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 it done after," Waldrum said. "We can win home and away."
The Mexicans led on 24 minutes at PPL Park when Corral crossed from the left side for Sandra Stephany Mayor to convert from 12 yards. Down 1-0 at half-time, Trinidad hit back in the 57th minute through Kennya Cordner, who beat goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar with a strong header following Ahkeela Mollon's right-sided cross.
Trinidad and Tobago's hopes of qualification were then given a massive boost when Mariah Shade put them in front 12 minutes from the end, slotting home from close range after a cross ricocheted off Brianna Ryce.
However, their hopes were dashed a minute later when Monica Ocampo headed in the equaliser for Mexico.
In extra time, Corral settled the game with a pair of clinical finishes to give Mexico victory. The United States beat Costa Rica 6-0 in the final at the same venue.