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Eight goals netted places Team Bahamas fourth in Group A

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Aug 19, 2013

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The Bahamas now sits in the fourth spot in Group A at the inaugural Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football’s (CONCACAF) Under-15 Championships, currently going on in the Cayman Islands.

Group leader Aruba has won all three of their games played so far, while The Bahamas has a win/loss record of 1-1. Team Bahamas was able to overcome the threats by St. Maarten 8-0 on Friday but fell to Bermuda 0-1 on Thursday. They were all set to take to the field against host the Cayman Islands in yesterday’s feature match. No results were available up to press time, due to the late fixture’s late scheduling. That match was played at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

If The Bahamas is successful in their bid with the Cayman Islands, the team will be tied for third, as far as win/loss records is concerned. However, the Cayman Islands will have a slight advantage over The Bahamas, which has only netted eight goals, thus far in the tournament. The Cayman Islands have scored 20 goals and has six points, while The Bahamas has three points. Aruba and Bermuda, who sits in second, both have nine points and three wins under their belts. But the Aruban team has separated itself in the goals division, scoring 20 goals over the three games. Bermuda only has 12 goals. The other countries competing in Group A are the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Neither of the two have netted a win or a goal.

The leader in Group B is Guatemala, followed by Jamaica and Belize. All three teams have perfect win/loss records standing at 2-0. Guatemala’s 10 goals place them ahead of the pack, whereas Jamaica has seven goals and Belize four goals. The amount of goals scored has also separated Guadeloupe from Honduras in Group C. Guadeloupe has 13 goals and Honduras 11.

Puerto Rico has netted nine goals but sits in second in Group D, which is led by El Salvador who has a win/loss-draw record of 1-0-1. Puerto Rico’s record is 2-1.

More than 20 countries are participating in the championships, the largest of its kind in the region, for junior soccer players. The championship was initiated by CONCACAF’s President Jeffrey Webb with the sole purpose of strengthening the game at the youth division.

 

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