Two of Cayman’s best young girl
footballers are off to study in the United States.
Captain of the Cayman Islands
national Under-17 team Brianna Hydes and Alyssa Chin, leave the island later
this month to attend the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, in Georgia.
The girls, former students of the
St Ignatius Catholic School formed the core of the Under-17 team who under the
directions of head coach Bobby McLaren created history in the recent CONCACAF
finals in Costa Rica when they were placed sixth after beating Haiti 1-0 and
losing to Costa Rica and the USA.
President of the Cayman Islands
Football Association Jeffrey Webb said: “I congratulate Brianna and Alyssa for
their achievements academically and in football as well. I am positive that
they will continue along this line and persevere to represent the Cayman
Islands and be true ambassadors to their country. I wish them success in
whatever they do at all levels.”
Chin who plays in a defensive
midfielder position, netted for the Cayman Islands in the 89th minute. Her name
has gone down in the history books for scoring the first and only goal by a
member of the Cayman Islands National Under-17 girls’ team at the CONCACAF
Hydes plays the role of a central
defender and has been the Captain of the team on many occasions while the team
competed in preliminary and qualifying games leading up to the finals played in
The girls were accepted to attend
the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School due to their outstanding academic performance
and their representation at the national level playing football for the Cayman
Rabun Gap Nacoochee School is a
college preparatory school where they will complete their final two years of
high school before going on to college. They will play football for the school
team and a local football club of which they have already become members.
The school’s coach Baron Heinemann
is elated to have these girls there. He said: “We could not be more excited to
have these talented ladies join our team. Several of my current players
continue to express their enthusiasm about meeting these girls. Their addition
will help our team evolve further as a diverse, powerful and passionate squad.
I expect our style of soccer to become faster and more fluid as these players
bring skills to the midfield and defence. Their cultural backgrounds will
enhance and contribute to a well rounded
sense of community already present in our school and our team.”
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