The Hattieville Heats enjoyed their third victory 4-1 over the Caye Caulker Island Stars, while the Caye Caulker Girlz enjoyed their first win 1-0 over the Ladyville Jaguars, when the Belize District Women’s Football Competition continued at the Ladyville Field on Sunday, October 28.
Jersha Estrada and Ashlyn Gordon led the Hattieville offensive supported by Deandra Coote and Felicia Gillett on the wings and Lauren Stephens and Doraine Lenarez at midfield.
Saira Reyes anchored the Island Stars’ defense with the help of Shehady Chan, Aliny Guzman and Marilyn Reyes, but it was not long before Jersha Estrada broke through the defenders to embarrass goalkeeper Maribel Dominguez with the first winning goal. Deandra Coote soon added a second to lead 2-0.
Isabel Iden and Sophia Diego led the Island Stars’ counterattacks with the help of Stephanie Duarte and Maria Reyes on the wings and Jacqueline Riverol and Jeslyn Reyes at midfield, but they found themselves frustrated by Hattieville’s Sylvania Barrow, Imani Mckenzie, Kelsey Pou and Jaslyn Cadle.
Stars’ perseverance paid off when Stephanie Duarte escaped their marking for a solo run on the goal, drilling the ball past goalkeeper Kadijah Marin to narrow the gap to 2-1 at intermission.
Unfortunately for the Stars, when Dominguez fumbled the ball on a shot from Lauren Stephens, Deandra Coote pounced on the ball and blasted into the empty net for a 3-1 lead early in the second half.
Dominguez continued to live dangerously as she came out of her goal to meet Coote’s next attack; Coote nimbly dribbled the ball around the more corpulent Dominguez for another shot at the empty goal, only to see the ball soar wide of the uprights.
The Stars’ coach Julian Rosado introduced Jakema Meighan for a banged up Jeslyn Reyes. Jennifer Meighan relieved Jacqueline Riverol and later Angelita Marin relieved Jakema, but it was Jersha Estrada of the Hattieville Heats who blasted another shot at the Stars’ goal. This deflected off the crossbar and made its way into the back of the net to seal the 4-1 victory.
The other island team, Caye Caulker Girlz, took the field with only 10 players, and no substitutes available, but they triumphed 1-0 over the hosts, the Ladyville Jaguars.
Glenese Sampson and Yani Cartagena led the offensive supported by Samantha Galeano and Yasuri Juarez on the wings and Angi Lima at midfield, while the Cal sisters, Esther and Rosario, held down the defense with the help of Angie Coy and Isolene Bailey.
In spite of the numerical disadvantage, Glenese Sampson managed to escape the Jaguar defenders, Alma Alarcon, Kristen Fuentes, Nancy Bainton and Veronica Flores to embarrass goalkeeper Imelda Alarcon with the first winning goal.
Myrtle Bailey and Julie McCord led the furious Jaguar counterattacks, with the help of Claudia Martinez and Marcelina Mai-Geban on the wings and Edita Young and Gloria Garia at midfield.
But the island goalkeeper, Emily Cerpa, was quick off the mark, coming out of her goal to forestall many an attack and holding the Jaguars scoreless up to intermission.
The visitors found themselves down to only nine players when Samantha Galeano injured her right ankle in a hard encounter with Alarcon, and the home eleven introduced Gabina Teck at midfield, seeking to exploit their advantage. But the Caye Caulker Girlz hung on to their 1-0 lead. Emily Cerpa smothered every shot on her goal to preserve the 1-nil score.
The competition continues in Caye Caulker on Sunday, November 4.