Action from the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship match between Jamaica and Guatemala (white jersey) on April 3, 2015, in Costa del Sol, El Salvador. (Photo: Mexsport)
COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador – Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago will meet for fifth place in the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship after posting victories in the fifth-place semifinals on Friday at the Estadio de Futbol Playa.
The Guatemalans topped Jamaica 7-3 with the help of a Marco Avila hat-trick, while Trinidad & Tobago earned a 4-1 win over the Bahamas.
Later in the evening, the tournament’s finalists and the Confederation’s representatives in the next FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be determined after the United States meets Mexico and host El Salvador takes on Costa Rica.
The matches for fifth- and seventh-place will precede the final on Saturday.
CONCACAF.com recaps the fifth-place semifinals action:
Jamaica 3, Guatemala 9
- Andre Reid gave Jamaica a 1-0 lead early in the first period, but Guatemala scored five straight goals to take a 5-1 lead with 8:11 left in the second period
- Seven players accounted for Guatemala’s nine goals
- Two of Marco Avila’s three goals were scored in the first period
- Angel Saenz also scored for Guatemala in the first period and is the only player to net in each of the Chapines’ five games, giving him a team-best eight for the competition
- Gregory Simpson scored twice in the second period for Jamaica and now has four goals
- Avila completed his hat-trick with 2:52 left in the second period
- Luis Zaldana closed Guatemala’s goal account with 10:39 left in the match
- Jamaica has lost three consecutive CBSC games after a 2-0-0 start
- Guatemala had scored only five goals in its previous two CBSC matches combined
Trinidad & Tobago 4, Bahamas 1
- Chad Appoo led the way for Trinidad & Tobago, scoring its first and last goals
- Trinidad took a 1-0 lead with 3:42 left in the first period and Kevon Woodley netted his team-best ninth goal of the tournament to double the advantage with 4:33 remaining in the second period
- Kareem Perry scored his first goal of the tournament with 9:14 left in the third period to make it 3-0
- At the 8:03 mark of the third period, Lesly St. Fleur got the Bahamas on the scoreboard with his team-high eighth goal
- Appoo completed his brace with 1:29 left in the encounter
- Trinidad & Tobago has conceded two goals or fewer in three of its five CBSC games
- Bahamas has scored one goal in its last two CBSC outings