T&T's Under-20 Soca Princesses will face the Cayman Islands on Tuesday, in a match that could assure them a place into the knock-out phase of the tournament.
The match will be played at 1 pm at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and match officials are obliged to allow water breaks in mid-game, due to the sweltering heat. The T&T team got a perfect start to their campaign, following their 6-0 thumping of St Kitts/Nevis on Sunday, courtesy a beaver-trick (four goals) from Afiyah Cornwall in the win.
The win came after the Richard Hood-coached team defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 in a warm-up match, and also clobbered a Dominican Republic Club in another practice match last week. Hood was yesterday high in praise for his girls, saying it was an amazing feat to win their opening game of the tournament. But he, however, told the media that he hopes the girls can continue with good performances throughout the tourney.
Yesterday the Cayman Islands were at the end of a heavy 8-0 rout by the region's emerging powerhouses Haiti and will be therefore be hoping to rebound against the T&T team this afternoon if they are to have any chance of progressing.
A win over the Cayman Islands would guarantee T&T a place in the Round of 16 and mean they enter their final group outing against Haiti with a chance to top Group F.
Three teams from the group will advance to the win-and-out stage, which Hood told the media more than a month ago, will be the period that could go in any direction for T&T, as they will be set to face some of the powerhouses in the CONCACAF region.