William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter
The undefeated girls of Wesley College are leading the Belize City high schools football competition organized by the Central Secondary Schools Sports Association (CSSSA), posting their third victory 3-1 over the girls of St. Catherine’s Academy at the M.C.C. grounds in Belize City on Saturday, January 18.
Elisha Bernardez and Shanice Neal led the Wesley offensive supported by Dennesha Thurton and Makesha Meighan on the wings, and Emily Castanaza and Karina Hernandez at midfield, and Elisha Beranrdez soon escaped the SCA defenders to score the first winning goal past goalkeeper Mariana Moguel.
Jody Pott and Jada Myvett led the SCA counterattacks with the help of Kerry Chee, Sophia Diego, Jennifer Estrada and Martina Mejia and pott succeed in putting the ball past goalkeeper Brenda Brown to equalize 1-1 up to intermission.
Wesley’s Gwendolyn Roches replaced Karina Hernandez in the second half; while SCA’s technical director Mario Rodriguez reinforced the defense with Jacqueline Alas taking over from Mejia. Speedy Shanice Neal outran the SCA defenders to take on Moguel one on one.
Moguel could have forestalled her attack by coming out of her goal to beat Shanice to the ball, but she stayed on her line; and Shanice had no trouble blasting the ball into the net to lead 2-1.
Wesley’s Rondean Young replaced Jane Bermudez and SCA’s Amber Gongora relieved Avilez, but Wesley remained on the offensive as Bernardez scored a third goal to seal the 3-1 victory.
It was the SCA girls’ first loss, as they had held the girls of Excelsior High school to a scoreless draw last Thursday afternoon.
The girls of Gwen Lizarraga High School enjoyed their first victory 2-1 over the girls of Belize High School 2-0 in the first game on Saturday.
Kishay Bevans and Sylvia Nolberto led the Gwen Liz attacks supported by Tyra Moriera, Leolyn Martinez, Shemara Nunez, and Kendra Saldano at midfield, but the staunch BHS defense of Jessica Heusner, Annie Ponce Jennifer Chang, and Alana Rosado held them scoreless up to intermission.
BHS’ Ashanti and Ashonti Carr tried to get their team on the scoreboard with the help of their midfielders Chelsea Williams and Mia Myles, but the Gwen Liz defenders Landisha Myvett, Eyandra Henry, Tanisha Smith and Shenell Smith and goalkeeper Monique Bailey also held them scoreless up to the break.
The BHS defense fell apart in the second half, as Kishay Bevans succeeded in scoring the first winning goal. Tyra Moreira sealed the victory with a second goal.