Sports — 16 March 2019
Week 5 results; National Women’s League 1st round ends

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Mar. 13, 2019– Week 5 games this past weekend completed the 1st round of competition in the Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2018-2019 Closing Season. There are 12 teams in the NAWL, 6 in each group, North (N) and South (S); and after the 2nd round is completed, the top 4 teams from each group will go on to knockout quarterfinal series. Four of the six Week 5 games were played on Saturday, and two on Sunday.

On Saturday, at the M.A. Stadium in Independence, the two undefeated South teams remained undefeated (See standings below), as Rumberas and visiting Jewel Fury of Belmopan played to a 1-1 draw. Fatima Romero (5’) put Jewel Fury in front early, but Jessica Lopez (43’) equalized for Rumberas before the half; and that’s how it ended. Meanwhile, at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, it was the visiting Ladies Freedom Fighters of Toledo, 2-1, over Dangriga Pumas.  Bernadine Sebastian (23’) gave Dangriga Pumas the first half 1-nil lead; but the Ladies Freedom Fighters got second half goals from Michaeline Logan (49’) and Shamara Whylie (68’), to come away with the 2-1 road victory. Up north at the Louisiana Field in Orange Walk, young Kaite Jones (9’, 23’ & 86’) did all the scoring, as Gladiators blanked Belize City’s Black Orchid, 3-0.  And at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro, visiting Verdes Rebels, the only undefeated North team, shut out hosts San Pedro Invaders, 8-nil, with goals from Jamilet Alagrom (1’, 23’, 38’ & 83’), Florine Vasquez (54’ & 64’), Heydi Aceiluno (55’) and Gisel Baeza (69’).

Both Sunday games ended in shutouts also. At 1:00 p.m. at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex, visiting Corozal Scorpions stung Royal Maya Hill, 5-nil, with a goal apiece from Nora Ramirez (1’), Thaiany Matu (20’), Griceli Rodriguez (38’), Dianira Lopez (42’) and Maindy Canul (72’).  And later at the same venue at 4:00 p.m., Altitude from Independence crushed Santa Elena Strikers, 4-0, with goals from Sabrina Eiley (25’ & 44’), Cristy Cardinez (41’) and Denese Glenn (87’).

REVISED Week 6 schedule (Note:  Games are 40-minute halves):
Saturday, March 16
3:00 p.m. – Altitude vs Jewel Fury  –  M.A. Stadium
4:00 p.m. – Dangriga Pumas vs Santa Elena Strikers  –  Carl Ramos Stadium
Sunday, March 17
1:00 p.m. – Ladies Freedom Fighters vs Rumberas  –  Victor Sanchez Union Field
2:00 p.m. – Royal Maya Hill vs San Pedro Invaders  –  Santa Elena Sports Complex
3:00 p.m. – Gladiators vs Corozal Scorpions  –  People’s Stadium
4:00 p.m. – Black Orchid vs Verdes Rebels  –  MCC Grounds

International friendly result

In a friendly match played on Friday night, March 8, at Ambergris Stadium, the visiting Motlow Lady Bucks prevailed, 2-1, over the Belize Female U-17 Team. Goals for Motlow Lady Bucks were by Paige Loveless (35’) and Emily Vallejo (80’), while the goal for Belize Female U-17 was by Michaeline Logan (62’).
The Belize National Women “A” Team had defeated Motlow Lady Bucks, 2-0, in a friendly at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night, March 2, with goals from Kaite Jones (29’) and Anijay Quiroz (75’).

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