It was all too easy for the United States U17 women as they rolled over Trinidad and Tobago 8-0 in the Group B opener of the Concacaf U17 World Cup Qualifiers in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Thursday night.
Temperatures in the vacation hotspot were close to 90 degrees when the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago kicked off, but before long B.J. Snow’s U.S. side would really turn the heat up on their overmatched opponents.
The underdogs held out bravely in the opening exchanges, while Snow’s charges sought to find their rhythm. Finally in the 33rd minute the U.S. got the inevitable breakthrough, when Mallory Pugh found the target after being set up by Madison Haley.
Trinidad and Tobago were barely able to compose themselves before Annika Rodriguez doubled the American lead just six minutes later. Then on this Halloween night, the horror continued for T and T when Marley Canales finished from Madison Haley’s second assist of the night at the 42 minute mark, and the Yanks headed to their dressing room with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
It didn’t get any easier for the beleaguered Trinidad and Tobago squad on the resumption as the United States continued to pile on the pressure and add on the goals.
Haley was the first to ring the bell for the Americans, adding a goal to her two assists, as Rodriguez turned provider in the 52nd minute. From that point on it was just a matter of how bad it would get for the underdogs.
The final 13 minutes were a special kind of torture for T and T with the U.S. banging home four more goals as the game got completely out of hand as a contest. Civana Kuhlam, Mallory Pugh with her second, Zoe Morse and Natalie Jacobs did the damage, but it really could have been anyone in the red, white and blue on a night of total dominance for the Americans.
Tonight’s easy victory sets the U.S. up well for the rest of the group stage, with the top two teams in each four team group qualifying for the semifinals. The Yanks take on Guatemala on Saturday night and then face what should be a stiffer challenge Monday evening against Canada, in light of Canada’s 8-0 romp over Guatemala, also on Thursday night.
Other results so far in the Concacaf U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers were Mexico 1 Haiti 1 and hosts Jamaica 2 El Salvador 0.
Both of the winning teams in Thursday’s semifinal matches will advance to the U17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Costa Rica from March 15- April 5. The third place match and the Final will take place on Saturday, November 9. All games are being played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 5 8
TRI 0 0 0
USA – Mallory Pugh (Madison Haley) 32nd minute
USA – Anika Rodriguez (Mallory Pugh) 38
USA – Marley Canales (Madison Haley) 42
USA – Madison Haley (Anika Rodriguez) 52
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Maddy Schultz) 76
USA – Mallory Pugh (Madison Haley) 81
USA – Zoe Morse (Tegan McGrady) 82
USA – Natalie Jacobs (Tegan McGrady) 88
USA: 1-Lauren Rood; 10-Ellie Jean (capt.), 9-Zoe Morse, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 12-Tegan McGrady; 2-Dorian Bailey, 4-Marley Canales, 17-Mallory Pugh (25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 83); 14-Taylor Racioppi (22-Maddy Schultz, 61), 3-Madison Haley, 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Civana Kuhlmann, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Gabriella Carreiro, 7-Mia Gyau, 8-Kelcie Hedge, 13-Taylor Otto, 15-Zoe Redei, 18-Kat Hess
Head coach: B.J. Snow
TRI: 21-Nicolette Craig; 2-Tamara Johnson, 3-Renee Mike, 4-Natisha John (19-Chelcy Ralph, 62), 5-Amaya Ellis, 7-Dennecia Prince, 8-Summer Arjoon, 9-Zoe Swift (capt.) (10-Jahra Thomas, 90+3), 11-Eden Charles, 14-Chevonne John, 15-Corel Carmichael (17-Maya Matouk, 80)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Rebecca Almandoz, 6-Abishai Guy, 12-Khaline Jacob, 13-Chelsea Frederick, 16-Kelsey Henry, 18-Jasandra Joseph
Head coach: Marlon Charles
Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 39 / 0
Shots on Goal: 16 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 16 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 7
Offside: 3 / 0