The Ladyville Jaguars scored a surprise 3-2 upset over four-time national women’s champions, Gentle Touch of Esperanza Village, when the Atlantic Bank National Women’s Football Competition continued at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio last Saturday, July 6.
It was sweet revenge for the Jaguars, who had been humiliated 3-1 in the opening games of the tournament at the hands of Gentle Touch.
Kara Kisling and Shameika Franklin led the Jaguar offensive supported by Sheriann “Baby” Tracy and Sherrie Gillett on the wings and Sarah Arzu and Marcelina Mai Ramos at midfield.
Kendra “Peaches” Gentle, Shannon Gentle, Marsha “Ninja” Stevens and Eden Gentle tried to lock down the backfield, but when Shameika Franklin caught up to a forward pass she raced for the goal, she had only goalkeeper Myreinne Drysdale between her and the goal.
Drysdale came out to meet Franklin’s attack, but when she dived for the ball she brought down Franklin as well.
The referee ruled penalty and ejected Drysdale with a red card. Down to 10 players, Eden Gentle replaced Drysdale in goal, while Gloria Garcia relieved the injured Franklin.
Shinelle Gentle stepped up to convert with aplomb to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Esperanza’s Kimberly “Brazilian” Perez and Nataki Alvarez launched a furious counterattack, supported by Shamera Wade and Vashne Gentle on the wings, and Indira Spain and Abby Halliday at midfield. The referee awarded Gentle Touch a free kick when Shinelle Gentle brought down Kimberly Perez just outside the 30-yard box. Abby Halliday’s textbook execution proved too much for goalkeeper Imelda Alarcon who got a glove on the ball but only succeeded in deflecting it into the net, equalizing the score.
Sherrie Gillett’s forward pass found Jaguar’s Kara Kisling, who took advantage of Eden Gentle’s inexperience to blast a shot to the right corner of the goal. Gentle dived but only succeeded in deflecting the ball into the back of the net giving the visitors a 2-1 lead into intermission.
Cynthia Salazar and Cindy Fuentes replaced Indira Spain and Shannon Gentle, but their forward passes to Nataki Alvarez found Nataki in an offside position. The odds were evened when Shinelle Gentle of the Jaguars got a second yellow card, and she had to leave the field.
Marsha Stevens blundered into bringing down Arzu in the goal area, and the referee awarded the Jaguars a second penalty. This time Kara Kisling converted for the 3-1 lead.
Ethlene Gentle came off the bench to relieve a bruised Nataki Alvarez and soon eluded Jaguar defenders Alma Alarcon, Mercedes Choc and Brithney Nunez to blast a second goal past Imelda Alarcon. The Esperanza girls now pressed for the equalizer, but the long whistle sounded to a 3-2 win for Ladyville.
Triple B’s of Belmopan enjoyed their second victory 3-0 over the Toledo Scorpions at the Toledo Union field in Punta Gorda on Sunday, July 7. Noemi Magaña scored the visitors’ first goal some four minutes before intermission, and Iris Centeno added a second midway through the second half. Magaña added a third goal in the final minute of regulation time.
The tournament continues with the Toledo Scorpions visiting the Dangriga Pumas at Carl Ramos Stadium on Saturday, July 13. The Ladyville Jaguars will host the Sugar City Girlz in Ladyville on Sunday, July 14.