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The SOCA Princesses may have missed two
opportunities to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup
in Canada at the just concluded CONCACAF qual-
ifying tournament but their overall performance
was replete with competitive energy and enthu-
siasm worthy of a world cup participant. At no
time did it seem that they were out of the league
with their much accomplished opponents-USA,
Costa Rica and Mexico.
Although there was no local television coverage
of the tournament, ESPN delayed coverage although
late into the night was very pleasing especially given
it was women s football! It is a start.
In the semi-final against Costa Rica the team
fought back hard to earn an equalizer and take the
game into extra time and penalty kicks only to lose
3-0 in the shootout. In the 3rd and 4th play-off
game they were 22 minutes away from becoming
the first Caribbean team to qualify for a women s
world cup at any level when Mexico equalized and
took the game into extra time. In the end the game
finished 4-2 in favour of Mexico.
A similar fate fell upon the national U 20 team
earlier this year when leading Costa Rica 3-2 with
5minutes to go and qualification to the U 20 World
Cup in Canada (2014), Costa Rica equalized to take
the game into extra time. In extra time the Costa
Ricans went a scoring spree winning 7-3.
However, unlike the U 20 team, the senior team
has another chance of deservingly qualifying for
the Women s World Cup 2015. They meet Ecuador
in a home and away play-off on November 8th
(Ecuador) and the return leg on December 2nd. The
play-off schedule has worked out well for the SOCA
Princesses as they would know exactly what they
have to do after the first leg and it will be done
before a large noisy home crowd (my expectation).
Memories of 2005 are already being relived as when
the SOCA Warriors prepared for its play-off qualifiers
against Bahrain which they eventually won and
became the second English-speaking Caribbean
team to qualify for a FIFA Men World Cup.
Ecuador is entering the play-offs as the 3rd place
finisher in the final round of the 2014 COPA America
Femenina behind Colombia and champions for the
6th time Brazil. In the final round they lost to both
Brazil (0-4), and Colombia (1-2) while defeating
Argentina 3-2. In the first round of qualifiers they
lost to both Uruguay (1-2), and Colombia (0-1) while
defeating both Peru and Venezuela 1-0. Their leading
scorer was Giannina Lattanzio with 3 goals in all
As much as statistics do not win matches, when
compared in their respective qualifying matches,
the SOCA Princesses have a better scoring record.
In their nine (9) qualifying matches -- Caribbean
Cup and CONCACAF- the SOCA Princesses have
netted 26 goals and conceded 7 which were scored
by the 3 teams- USA, Mexico and Costa Rica- who
have qualified for the World Cup. Ecuador quali-
fication record in seven (7) games is far less encour-
aging having scored 7 goals and conceded 11.
Additionally, Ecuador has not been as competitively
active as the SOCA Princesses. Ecuador last com-
petitive game was September 28th whilst the SOCA
Princesses last played October 26th against Mex-
ico.Matches are won on the field of play and as such
preparation is the key. The TTFA and the Ministry
of Sports have definitely taken the right decision to
make arrangements to have the team conduct their
training at a venue that offers the benefit of accli-
matizing to playing in altitude. The Mexican Fed-
eration must also be thanked for offering their train-
ing facilities to the SOCA Princesses.
Women s football has accomplished a lot in 2014.
The U 20 team finished 4th in CONCACAF just
missing out on qualification to the U 20 World Cup
in Canada, August 2014. The U 15 team finished
3rd in the inaugural U15 CONCACAF championship
defeating Honduras 5-2 after being edged 1-0 by
Two steps away from glory
the eventual winners Canada in their semi-
final game. The time is now for the SOCA
Princesses to make 2014 a memorable year in
the history of women s football in Trinidad
When Maylee Attin-Johnson leads out her
charges on November 8th at the Estadio
Olimpico Atahaualp in Quito, Ecuador, she will
be justified in expecting nothing more than
success and qualification to the world cup. If
there is a team of players who deserve to qualify
for their effort and determination against all
odds, it is the SOCA Princesses.
Kimka Forbes have to save as she has never
saved before, Brianna Bryce, Arin King and
the rest of defensive army have to defend as
though they are fighting for their lives. Attin-
Johnson and Mollon have to control the midfield
and Shade and Cordenor have to pounce on
every opportunity provided to ensure that it
rains goals in both Quito and Port of Spain.
At the end of it all, the fairy tale finish that
captain Attin-Johnson is seeking can become
a reality. All that is required in Quito is a draw
but a win will be enormous. The business will
then be completed in Port of Spain.
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