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The Bahamas falls to Mexico

  • The Bahamas under-17 national women’s soccer team. FILE PHOTO

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: May 07, 2012

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This is the last shot for the national women’s under-17 soccer team to net a win and a goal on the international level and make history for The Bahamas.

Playing for the first time at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-17 Women’s Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, The Bahamas will need to pull out all the stops today against Trinidad and Tobago.  They suffered their second loss of the tournament on Saturday, a 6-0 defeat to Mexico.  Earlier in the week, the team fell to the powerhouse United States of America (USA).  This was the first shutout for Team Bahamas, 10-0.

The Bahamas, whose team has the youngest players competing in Group B, gave up five goals in the first half against Mexico.  The first goal was netted at the sixth minute.  The second came at the eighth, and the third at the 13th minute.  Mexico’s midfielder Mariana Cadena banged in the first and Jessica Morales, an attacker, knocked in the second and third.

Around the 26th minute was when Vivian Vega, who also plays in the midfield for Mexico, added another goal.  This was followed by another successful shot by Cadena at the 43rd minute.  A yellow card was issued to Bahamian Shelby Carbin-Green minutes before the half closed.  Mexico picked up their sixth goal in the 79th minute.

The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago are the only two Caribbean countries playing in the grouping.  This is not the first time the two teams have played.  In December of last year, Trinidad and Tobago blanked Team Bahamas 3-0, advancing as winners in that round.

As it stands, both The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago have yet to win a game in this group.  Team USA is leading the group with two wins and 15 goals.  Mexico is in second with eight goals, which were scored over two games.  Neither Caribbean team has netted a goal, however Trinidad and Tobago is in third since they’ve only given up seven goals.

Group A consists of Canada, Panama, Jamaica and Guatemala.  The Canadian squad is out front with two wins and 10 goals scored, Panama sits in second with one win and seven goals.  Also picking up a win was Jamaica but they only have three goals.  Guatemala has one goal with no games under its belt.

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