Belize's Female Under-17 football team is in Bradenton, Florida. They traveled there on Monday to participate in the Qualifying rounds of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship tournament.
In order for the members of the team to get ready for this tournament, they had to train into isolation for several months, away from their families, and they had to make personal sacrifices.
Teams representing 10 Nations are participating in these qualifying rounds, and Belize's U-17 girls were matched up against the Curacao and Barbados Teams. They played their first match against Curacao, and they lost that 3 goals to 1. They came back today for a redemption win against the Barbados team, and when the final whistle was blown, Belize just managed to squeeze out a 2-1 victory.
The winning points were scored by 15-year-old Khalydia Velasquez, who snuck past the Barbados Defense to score the final goal of the match during the 5 minutes of injury time after the 90-minute match timer had elapsed.
With help from members of the delegation and the Football Federation of Belize, here's what the coach and Velasquez had to say:
But, even though they won today's match, Belize's run at the qualifiers might already be over. That's because the Curacao Team only has to draw in their final game this weekend in order to advance to the next round. They would have to lose that game, and only then would the team with the best goal differential move on.