The Lady Tridents remain upbeat and in fine spirits with a third place in Group D.
The Lady Tridents now have three points, ahead of their April 8 and April 12 encounters against El Salvador and Belize respectively, at venues still to be determined.
The girls performed superbly, even with 17-year-old Daphne Watson-James, who was a pillar in defense, along with 18-year-old Tanija Maughn and her sister Tiana Bynoe, who all replaced unavailable playes Alyssa Yard, Keinelle Johnson and Marissa King respectively.
Soroya Toppin-Herbert who scored the opening goal in the game against Aruba, credited the win to the team’s dedication on the pitch.
“It was a good game. The team came together and played for each other, especially in the last minutes of the game. We got on the scoreboard early and as a team we played well. It felt good to score. It’s been a long time since I scored for Barbados, and I wanted to do it for the teammates that couldn’t play because I know it was hard for them having to watch,” she said.
While they did not keep a clean sheet in the second game, goalkeeping coach Tazieo Riley was also pleased with the team’s effort.
“I was confident we would win. The girls just needed to believe and we came out on top. I think after the first goal we should have attacked a little more. Sometimes you just want to protect the 1-0 lead because of previous results, but all in all we had a great game and I enjoyed it,” he said.
Meanwhile, team director and former Barbados Tridents’ men’s captain Emmerson Boyce also praised the ladies’ efforts.
“I’m proud. The girls have been putting the hard work in for the last year. They’ve come together and worked hard for this moment. It was a fantastic performance from every player, and long may it continue. We had a game plan to attack them and it worked. We must give immense credit to the coaches and the players for carrying out the instructions. We have a new philosophy and the girls have taken to it. It was a joint effort, and I couldn’t be prouder.
“When I first came, people told me I was wasting time, but all the female footballers wanted, was a chance. I feel like the more faith I put into them, the more faith they put back. They just want to show their talent and we saw the performance. Barbados has another team to be proud of,” he said.