Bermuda qualify for Women’s Under-20 Championship in emphatic style
Bermuda advanced from group A of the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship Qualifying campaign after they thumped St Vincent & the Grenadines 4-0 at the Ergilio Hato Stadium, in Curaçao last night.
A perfect record of two victories ensured that Bermuda topped their group and advanced to the knockout stage of the competition which is scheduled for early 2022.
As she did in the 5-0 win over the US Virgin Islands on Monday, Jahni Simmons opened the scoring for Bermuda, this time in the 26th minute before adding a second four minutes before the interval.
Emily Cabral made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute before Katherine Bean-Rosario closed out the scoring with the fourth in the 75th minute. She also scored twice in the win over the US Virgin Islands.
Despite the victory, coach Naquita Robinson accepts there is still much room for improvement as they look forward to tougher opposition in the knockout stage.
“It was a comfortable 4-0 victory, not so much a comfortable match,” Robinson said. “The team didn’t match us technically but physically were stronger in the sense that they ran through you and worked hard to win every ball.
“Where they lacked technically, they made up for it physically. We told the girls that would be the case. It took awhile to adapt and we played too slow at times.
“We got away with it because of the opposition’s lack of technical ability.”
Ultimately, Bermuda needed only a draw last night to top the group after St Vincent and the US Virgin Islands drew 1-1 in the other match on Wednesday. However, Robinson was delighted to come away with a flawless record without conceding, and put down a marker to their rivals.
“It’s great to concede no goals and score nine to move into the next round which is going to be extremely tough,” she added. “Regardless, we won the group, and were probably the best team out here, but now we get back to the drawing board.”
The winner of each of the four groups advance to the knockout stage of the championships which will include teams like Jamaica, Haiti, Canada, United States and Mexico.
“I’m really proud of these girls and we’re now looking forward to the championships,” Robinson said.