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Khalydia Velasquez scores brace, leads U-20 Belize Women’s National Team in 6-1 win over St Lucia in 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Qualifiers

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2023. 11:26 am CST.

Photo Credit: National Female Football-BELIZE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Under-20 Belize Women’s National Team (BWNT) closed their participation in the 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Qualifiers with a 6-1 trouncing of St Lucia at the Estadio Nacional de Fútbol in Managua, Nicaragua.

Shaylalee Flowers unleashed a power shot to put Belize ahead in the 6’, but St. Lucia tied the game in the 17’ off a Freegeanne Joseph goal.

The match remained level until the 36’ when Belize captain Roshanny Narváez powered a long-range floater into the goal, surprising St. Lucia.

Belize then lost Flowers in the 49’ after a rough tackle which earned her a second yellow card. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Belize moved on and made it 3-1 in the 56’ when Khalydia Velasquez got the ball within the 18, controlled and tapped it in with her right foot. Then, in the 76’, Elva Nunes hammered a left foot shot to the left corner to put Belize ahead 4-1. In the 76’ Kenya Perez hit the fifth off a rebound from St Lucia’s goalkeeper. Velasquez closed off the scoring in the 86’ off an assist by Perez.

Velasquez finished the tournament with four goals as she had scored Belize’s two against Nicaragua on Wednesday.

Under-20 Belize Women’s National Team (BWNT) (Photo Credit: National Female Football-BELIZE)

Belize rebounded well after losing the first three games: 13-0 to Costa Rica, 3-0 to Guatemala, and 3-2 to Nicaragua.

Costa Rica slipped past hosts Nicaragua 2-1 in the second game on Friday.

Costa Rica lead Group F with nine points. Guatemala and Nicaragua follow with six, Belize finished with three, and St Lucia don’t have any.

Costa Rica clash with Guatemala while Nicaragua take on St Lucia in the final games on Sunday.

Belize’s schedule

Saturday, April 15

CRC 13-0 BLZ 4pm

Monday, April 17

BLZ 0-3 GUA 4pm

Wednesday, April 19

BLZ 2-3 NIC 7pm

Friday, April 21

LCA 1-6 BLZ 4pm


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