SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago’s chances at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship suffered yet another blow when they went down 1-0 to hosts Costa Rica in their second Group C game here Wednesday.Randall Leal’s second-half goal was enough to deny the Trinidadians the three points they desperately craved, especially after they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Bermuda in their opening game last Sunday.As a result of the defeat, T&T sit third in Group one with a single point. El Salvador, who thrashed Bermuda 3-1 in the other game on Wednesday, top with six points.Costa Rica are second on three points with Bermuda bottom with a single point.Both T&T and Costa Rica failed to make any inroads in the first half, leaving the contest on even keel at the break.However, the hosts took the lead nine minutes following the resumption when Leal unleashed a superb long range volley to beat goalkeeper Denzil Smith.The goal proved decisive as Trinidad failed to find an equaliser for the remainder of the contest at the Estadio Nacional.Bermuda, meanwhile, proved no match for El Salvador and trailed 1-0 at half-time through a Roberto Dominguez 21st minute strike.After the break, Fernando Castillo (65th) and Josue Rivera (67th) scored in the space of three minutes to put the game out of reach and Mazhye Burchall’s 75th minute stunner was only consolation for the Bermudans.Winless Antigua and Barbuda were scheduled to be in action in Group A yesterday against Canada in the first game of the double-header.
With a berth in the state qualifier secured, Llanos and Viau turned back Christian Brothers Academy’s Grace Catalano and Aubrey Mills 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals to set up a title match at Oneida High School with F-M’s Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang, which like other finals were postponed for two days until Saturday morning by rain and wet conditions.Ultimately, Manta and Wang prevailed 6-1, 6-1, but Llanos and Viau had still earned a berth in this week’s sectional state qualifying tournament, to take place at Drumlins.Long before the finals, Catalano and Mills had knocked out WG’s Alyssa Congel and Margaret Mello 6-0, 6-1 in the round of 16, with Kara Chawgo and Aislinn Dow beaten in that same round. Meanwhile, in Division III at Skytop, it was Jordan-Elbridge’s Anisa Bort capping off her team’s fine season by reaching the singles finals, while Skaneateles had Ella Danforth and Emma Miller get to the doubles finals.With the no. 2 seed,Bort beat two local stars as he first rallied past Skaneateles standout Lily Miller 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and then met Marcellus’ Kathleen DeMarle in the semifinals, Bort topping DeMarle 6-3, 7-5.The final had Bort against Phoenix’s Brielle DeRoberts, who had ended the run of Marcellus’ Danielle Copp in a 6-0, 6-0 semifinal and had beaten Copp’s teammate, Colleen Marsh, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, Marsh having topped Sophie Marin (Camden) a round earlier. And Bort would also fall to DeRoberts in a 6-0, 6-0 decision.Prior to that, Copp had beaten Skaneateles’ Kenna Ellis 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 after they had both won opening-round matches in straight sets – Copp over Holland Patent’s Julia Cicci, Ellis over Camden’s Morgan Keil.DeMarle, in her run to the semifinals, beat Skaneateles’ Isabella Kroon 6-1, 6-1 and handled Holland Patent’s Rayh Spatto 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, while Miller had beaten HP’s Emma Shoemaker 6-4, 6-1 before her defeat to Bort.Moving to doubles, Danforth and Emma Miller beat Marcellus’ Sophia Shaw and Maddie Vetsch 6-0, 6-1, and then dominated the quarterfinal, too, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Camden’s Katie Ammann and Brianna O’Drain.The semifinal pitted Danforth and Miller against Marcellus’ Elaina Mahoney and Megan Mitchell, who had to survive a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 first-round match with Cazenovia’s Mae Sayre and Emma Thornton before sweeping HP’s Jackie Mann and Sara Mierek a round later.It didn’t prove close, Danforth and Miller smashing Mahoney and Mitchell 6-0, 6-1 to earn a finals spot against Cazenovia’s Alex Galle and Nina Royer.In a three-set thriller postponed until Saturday due to wet weather, Danforth and Miller made a comeback after dropping a first-set tie-breaker, but still ended up on the wrong end of a 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 defeat.Before that, Galle and Royer had won a semifinal 6-2, 6-1 over the Mustangs’ Kaitlyn Kemp and Morgan Walsh. Kemp and Walsh had got past Skaneateles’ Meg Benedict and Olivia Walker 6-2, 6-4 in the round of 16 before a 6-4, 6-2 quarterfinal conquest of another Cazenovia pair, Nova Berger and Emma Schwartz.J-E’s Katelyn Precourt and Gabrielle Skotinski won 6-1, 6-4 over Holland Hawkes and Adrian Hauser (Camden), but lost in the quarterfinals to Galle and Royer 6-0, 6-0.The Eagles’ Lexi Delfavero and Maggie Green lost in the first round, with Skaneateles’ Sofia Capozza and Sophia Soderberg dropping a round-of-16 match and J-D’s Delaney Dunham and Meghan Whalen doing the same to Berger and Schwartz 6-1, 6-4. Westhill had Sophie Langdon and Bridget Thornton losing in the first round.,Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In two separate Section III tournaments last week, girls tennis teams from West Genesee, Jordan-Elbridge and Skaneateles each had players reach the championship round.For the Wildcats, that meant seeing its top-seeded doubles team of Angelina Llanos and Katie Viau get to the finals of Division I as a result of a run of wins last Tuesday at Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts.Starting out, Llanos and Viau won 6-0, 6-2 over Auburn’s Kathryn Brown and Alexis Calkins, and by those same scores they beat Maya McKenzie and Camila Wojtasziewicz (Fayetteville-Manlius) in the quarterfinals. Tags: girls tennisJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWest Genesee