The Women’s Mexico National Team ended their group stage matches of the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games undefeated in their 4-0 victory against Nicaragua on Tuesday.
The El Tri women were quick to get the first goal, with Maria Sanchez scoring off a corner kick in the 35th minute. Former USC alum Katie Johnson would get the 2nd goal of the night and her second goal of the tournament not long after in the 49th minute. A penalty would be called in favor of Mexico and it would be La Liga Iberdrola’s leading goalscorer Charlyn Corral who would get the third. Mexico would solidify their dominant win with the fourth goal from Rayadas player Desiree Monsivais.
In the post-game press conference, head coach Roberto Medina praised his players once again for their execution on the field.
“They are perfectly highlighting our playing styling, they have played strong and handle the facets of the game really well. Overall, it was a well-rounded match and I hope we continue to grow both from an individual player standpoint and as a team.”
Mexico’s advancement to the semifinals was secured after Haiti withdrew from the tournament and gave the Aztecs their second technical win but the match against Nicaragua secured them the nine points and puts them in a perfect position heading into the next round. They move on with a total of 12 goals in favor and only one goal against.
They’ll face off against Venezuela in the semifinals with the likes of 2017 FIFA Best Female Player of the Year Top 3 Finalist, Deyna Castellanos, a player which Medina stated can’t go unnoticed.
“She’s a fantastic player who did great in the U17 World Cup in Jordan. Now she’s with the senior team and we’ll have to pay attention to what she’s brought to this tournament.”
The head coach also provided a status update on Monica Ocampo, who was injured in the match against Trinidad & Tobago.
“She is progressing well. Our medical staff has been doing excellent work and she herself has been working hard to be with the team,” he stated. “I think in the next couple of days we’ll be able to count on her return and this gives us peace of mind of having a full squad again.”
Mexico and Venezuela will face off on Friday, July 27th.