Sophomore Molly Alexander and the Canadian Under-20 Women's National Team opened the 2006 Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF) Qualifying Tournament with a 7-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago Jan. 18. The squad continues Group A play against Panama Jan. 20.
Jan. 20, 2006
We played our first game yesterday (Jan. 18) and won 7-1. Trinidad and Tobago was a pretty skilled, quick, athletic team but tactically they were horrible. Their defensive shape was so easy to play in and out of that our strikers were pretty much scoring at will. The field we played on was less grass, more weed, but the stadium was spectacular.
Unfortunately, there is a three sub rule and I am a little further down on the sub list so I didn't get in the game. It is always upsetting when I don't get to play but the experience of just being able to watch these games is amazing. After the game we had to do some pretty serious sub-training but I got through it alright.
When we got back to the hotel, the subs "had" to play 4 vs 4 on the beach for about 30 minutes, while the rest of the team did a pool recovery. It was pretty hard, but fun!!!
Today has been pretty relaxed, with one training session and a few meetings where we watched a bit of our game and the Panama vs Mexico match. We play Panama tomorrow (Jan. 20) at noon. Mexico beat Panama 10-0, so there is no doubt that we should win this game, hopefully with zero goal chances for Panama. I really hope we crush them because their team has been calling our team very late into the night before games and trainings. The hotel had to tell their coaches to stop immediately. Interesting.
I have to head down to dinner. Quesadillas and rice. : )