Paul and Gayle are taking a year from their roles in Picton and Belleville and will be teaching at the Maple Leaf International School in Trinidad. We will use this blog to record some of our edventures!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

A Proud Nation

On Tuesday we were fortunate to see the Women Soca Warriors, Trindad's nation soccer team, take on Equador for a spot at the Women's World Cup that is being held in Canada next year.  The women narrowly missed a chance to qualify in a tournament earlier this year and were playing the second of a home and home series with Equador. The winner of the series would qualify to go to Canada.

The first game was a draw in Equador, so this was going to prove to be an excellent contest. (Well, and a great experience for us.)

The stadium was packed with over 20000 fans mostly wearing red. This nation is proud of it's athletes for sure.  The game was dominated by the Soca Warriors, however they could not put the ball in the net. During injury time, Equador scored a soft goal off of a free kick that was misjudge by the keeper.  The disheartened fans were silenced almost immediately.

We learned afterward that in 1989, 25 years ago, the men's team faced a similar challenge against the USA and lost by a similarly soft goal. Everyone, over 25 remembers that day well!

Check out the pictures in the gallery.

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