Sports — 19 April 2019
National Women’s League regular season ends; quarterfinals after Easter break

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Apr. 17, 2019– Week 10 games of the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2019 Tournament were played over the weekend to complete the regular season – 3 games each were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14.

On Saturday at the M.A. Stadium in Independence, home standing Altitude were taking no prisoners, demolishing Santa Elena Strikers, 16-0, with goals from Tamara Baptist (5’, 45’ & 84’), Christy Cardinez (36’, 47’, 49’, 72’, 82’ & 88’), Sabrina Eiley (50’), Jessica Foreman (52’), Zulma Ortega (58’ & 69’), Pauline Linarez (64’) and Veronica Figueroa (74’ & 89’). It was much more competitive at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, where a penalty conversion by league leading scorer Kaite Jones (41’ PK) was the difference in a 1-nil victory for Orange Walk’s Gladiators over Belize City’s Black Orchid. Meanwhile, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, it was deadlocked at 2-2 between Jewel Fury Bandits and Rumberas from Independence, as both teams remained undefeated to end the regular season. Jewel Fury was up 2-nil with goals from Jada Brown (10’) and Fatima Romero (73’), before Rumberas rebounded with goals from Jessica Lopez (78’) and Nataki Alvarez (80’).

Only 1 of the 3 scheduled games were played on Sunday, as 2 teams unable to make the playoffs lost by default. At the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Punta Gorda, Ladies Freedom Fighters won by default (3-0) over Dangriga Pumas; and at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio, Verdes Rebels won by default (3-0) over San Pedro Invaders. The only NAWL Sunday game played was at the Ricalde Stadium in Corozal, where Corozal Scorpions stung Cayo’s Royal Maya Hill, 9-1, with goals from Maindy Canul (17’ & 40’), Noemi Magaña (29’, 52’, 76’ & 89’), Nora Ramirez (48’) and Dianira Lopez (70’ & 80’). A late penalty conversion by Maya Hill’s Janelli Rosalez (90’ PK) avoided the shutout.

The stage is now set for the quarterfinal playoffs with some very interesting match-ups, but not just yet. The tournament takes a break for the Easter holidays, and the top 4 teams in each group will enter the home-and-away quarterfinals next weekend, matching teams from the two groups, where North Seed #1 meets South Seed #4, etc.  (See final regular season standings below; and the quarterfinals schedule for next week.)

Quarterfinals 1st leg schedule:
Saturday, April 27
3:00 p.m. – (S#3) Altitude vs (N#2) Verdes Rebels – M.A. Stadium
4:00 p.m. – (N#3) Black Orchid vs (S#2) Rumberas – MCC Grounds
Sunday, April 28
4:00 p.m. – (S#4) Ladies Freedom Fighters vs (N#1) Gladiators – Victor Sanchez Union Field
4:00 p.m. – (N#4) Corozal Scorpions vs (S#1) Jewel Fury Bandits – Ricalde Stadium

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