With a stern test in Guadeloupe serving as preparation, the Cayman Islands women’s national team switches its focus to matches against the University of New Haven Chargers next.
Cayman play the Chargers on Sunday and Wednesday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
Against the experienced Guadeloupe national team, Cayman featured several teenagers in a match they lost 2-0. Two days later, the team regrouped and won impressively 7-0 against Guadeloupe club side Saint-Claude. Tatiana Ramoon scored a hat-trick.
“Cayman was very organized, disciplined and gave of their best,” said Bruce Blake, first vice-president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, who was in Guadeloupe.
“CIFA is pleased with the effort of the players and coaching staff in preparation and we are eager to watch the national team against the University of New Haven.”
Cayman featured several players who played in the CONCACAF women’s Under-20 Championship and Girls U-15 Championships held here last year. Nikki Whittaker, Kaela Ebanks, Neesah Godet and Tatiana Ramoon will feature with Brittni Ebanks as captain.
“I was very proud of their performance,” said head coach Alan Purvis. “With more work on the training ground this week, our team will give their best against New Haven’s excellent players.”
The University of New Haven is located in West Haven, Connecticut and its women’s soccer team competes in the North East 10 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2.
“We’re extremely excited about this trip to the Cayman Islands,” said head coach Laura Duncan. “The players have worked very hard to raise funds for the once in a lifetime opportunity to play Cayman and train in their prestigious stadiums.”
Before Sunday’s opening fixture, the Chargers will play in a beach soccer event on Seven Mile Beach.
The tour wraps up for the visitors on Thursday with a girls’ youth clinic organized by CIFA.