Jan. 15, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Two Connecticut women’s soccer players accustomed to attacking the same goal will find themselves on opposing teams Friday evening. The second semifinal matchup of the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Championship will pit Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) and USA against Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) and Trinidad and Tobago with a trip to the Championship game and a bid to the 2014 World Cup up for grabs.
USA finished atop Group A in the preliminary stage with a spotless 3-0 record in group play. The Americans opened play with a 6-0 rout of Costa Rica on Jan. 9. Hill played all 45 minutes of the second half, pinging a hard shot off the post in her first international game. After getting the start in USA’s 3-0 win over Jamaica, Hill solidified her spot in the lineup and posted her first career international points in the club’s final preliminary matchup against Guatemala. The rookie registered four assists and converted a penalty kick for a goal in the 10-0 win, placing her free shot to the lower right hand corner of the goal at the last second to evade the keeper’s reach.
Trinidad and Tobago advanced for the first time in the program’s history with a 2-1 record in group play. Hinds started all three of the Soca Princesses’ preliminary round games that included a 2-0 win over Honduras, a 4-0 victory over the Cayman Islands, and 0-3 setback to Mexico. Hinds helped the Trinidad and Tobago defense hold opponents scoreless until their final game in group play.
Tori Patterson, who will join the UConn women’s soccer team in the spring, started Jamaica’s first game against Guatemala, which ended in a tie. Patterson left the game after the first half and did not play in the squad’s remaining games against USA and Costa Rica. Jamaica was unable to advance out of the preliminary round, finishing with a 1-1 draw in their final match on Jan. 13.
Hill and Hinds will square off on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30pm ET with the winner advancing to the championship game on Jan. 19 at 7:00pm. To follow live statistics online, follow this link. The game can be streamed online by clicking here.
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