Sugar City Girlz win national championship

Sugar City Girlz won the 2012 National Women’s Football Championship competition organized under the auspices of the Football Federation of Belize, despite a 2-4 loss to the Pumas of Dangriga in the second game of the finals.

The finals were played at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga on Saturday afternoon, May 26.

The Pumas came out storming to avenge their 4-1 humiliation by the Sugar City Girlz in Orange Walk the week before.

Nykemah Kuylen and Dorita Ramos led the offensive supported by Ashanti Velasquez and Sheyanne Castillo on the wings and Evelyn Nunez, Karissa Alvarado and Bernadine Gonzalez at midfield. 

Karen Garcia anchored the visitors’ defense with the help of Janellie Chan, Maira Acosta and Aliany Magana, but they could not contain speedy Nykemah Kuylen who recovered a rebound from a shot by Ashanti Velasquez to embarrass Sugar City’s goalkeeper Jessica McCulloch with the Pumas’ first goal.

After half an hour of action, Dorita Ramos outran the Sugar City defenders to add a second goal. Four minutes later, Dorita attacked on the right flank and unleashed a rocket of a shot from the edge of the goal area that sailed over McCulloch’s head to find the far top corner of the net for a 3-0 lead.

Tamarah Baptist put the Sugar City girls’ on the score board with her execution of a corner kick, as  she centered the ball into the goal area where it deflected off a Puma defender, and much to goalkeeper Sheren Vasquez’s chagrin, Sheyla Pena was there to boot it into the back of the net.  tThe Pumas led 3-1 at intermission.

McCulloch managed to close off the angle to stop Nykemah Kuylen’s next attempt, but Nykemah would not be denied as she scored the Pumas’ fourth goal in the second half to tie the goal aggregate at 5-5. Nykemah tried to give her team the  goal that would put her team on top, but her shot hit the crossbar.

Gisel Baeza is the Sugar City Girlz’ top striker and scored two goals in the first final; her first trysailed over the cross bar, but she escaped the defense to blast in a long range missile past Vasquez for the decisive goal of the finals.

The Sugar City Girlz went on to win 6-5 on goal aggregate. No trophies were handed out after the game, because  the third place spot  has yet to be decided. n

Simultaneously at the MCC grounds in Belize City, the Gentle Touch girls of Esperanza Village, Cayo District, dished out an 8-nil drubbing of the Millennium Girls of Belize City in the contest for third place. Geanny Cayetano led the city girls’ attacks supported by Shandy Vernon and Britney Miguel on the wings and Sandra Gillett at midfield, but Millennium was short two players because  former stars Sheryann Tracy, Kursha Pollard, Kaya Cattouse and Christine Avila-Jacobs were all conspicuously absent, and Kara Kisling is abroad studying.

Kimberly Perez and Shinelle Gentle led the visitors’ offensive supported by  Elthene Gentle and Abby Halliday on the wings and Jolene Gentle and Marilyn Flores at midfield. The Millennium defenders, Melony Tasher, Helen Flowers, Adelma Broaster and Daytra Valencio were hard put to contain their attacks.

Elthene Gentle put the finish on a pass from Abby Halliday to embarrass goalkeeper Ermine Ferguson with the visitors’ first goal.

Sharmaine Augu-stus joined Millennium’s midfield just before intermission, but in the second half, Abby Halliday’s execution of a free kick floated the ball over Ferguson’s gloves to the far post and into the net for a 2-0 lead. Then Kimberly Perez escaped Melony Tasher and outfoxed Ferguson to add a third goal.

Perez slipped Valencio’s marking to confront Ferguson again, and blasted the ball to the top of the net for  4-nil.

Next Shinelle Gentle outran Melony Tasher and drilled a fifth goal past Ferguson. Ferguson managed to deflect a cannonball shot from Halliday, but Shinelle Gentle escaped Tasher again to score a sixth goal.

Halliday escaped Tasher and Ferguson came out to meet the attack, but Halliday danced the ball around her to tap it into the empty net: 7-0.

Halliday connected with a header to finish a corner kick by Marilyn Flores, only to hit the crossbar, but she completed her hat trick when she put the finish on a pass from Perez to complete the 8-0 rout. The third place series continues in Esperanza Village on Saturday, June 2.

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