September 14, 2021
The Bahamas women’s under-20 soccer team arrived safely in Curaçao and saw their first action last night against the Cayman Islands but the result was unavailable up to press time. They are playing in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Women’s Under-20 (U20) Championship Qualifiers at Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curaçao.
Guardian Sports caught up with head coach Cherlindria Thompson, and asked what she expects out of the trip.
“We expect to win our two matches,” Thompson said. “We intend to maintain possession for most of the game to decrease their goal-scoring opportunities. During the games, we expect to create as many goal-scoring opportunities as possible and to capitalize from most of those opportunities. We also intend on out-running and out-working the opponent and to keep the ball in the opponent’s defensive third as much as possible.”
The Bahamas will play another game on Wednesday night, taking on Anguilla at 8 p.m. They are familiar with the Cayman Islands, having played them in the Football Festival in early August in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Bahamas lost the final game, 4-0.
“Since we’ve played them already, we are aware of their strengths and their weaknesses. We intend to maintain possession for most of the game to decrease their goal-scoring opportunities. While attacking, we will look to push as many players forward as possible and penetrate the defense with our speed,” said Thompson prior to the start of the game.
One thing she looks forward to is seeing the young ladies’ chemistry that they have built from their trip to Turks and Caicos.
“Since most of the girls have already played in the Turks and Caicos tournament, the chemistry has grown. They are able to read what they’re teammates are doing before it happens,” said Thompson. “We have a strong presence in the midfield, and once we get the ball up to the striker, we are confident that a goal-scoring opportunity will be created.
“We increased the frequency of practices from three days to five. We focused on specific game situations that we may encounter. We were also able to get two games with the other members of the development program. We recorded one of the games and the team watched the footage and were able to make the necessary adjustments in a subsequent game.”
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