HOUSTON, Texas (June 10, 2021) – Jamaica scored a goal in the second half by Houston Dash defenseman Deneisha Blackwood in the 51st WNT Summer Series.
Nigeria is coached by American Randy Waldrum, former Dash head coach from 2014-2017, when his new position (hired last October) made him head coach of the Super for his third international match. brought falcons back to their old turf.
After some dangerous advances from Nigeria in the first half, it was Jamaica that offered the first real chance to score, from the penalty spot. In the 25th minute, striker Jody Brown, who had just won an NCAA title with Florida State, took a frenzied dribble run into the left side of the box while showing tremendous speed. She tried to push it past Rita Chikwelu but the Nigerian midfielder knocked her down with a tackle and the referee pointed to the point.
Blackwood stepped up to take it but hit her poorly and almost directly on Nigeria’s goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, who slipped to her right to make an easy save.
Both teams showed some productivity flashes on quick counterattacks in the first half, but as the second half continued with the humidity and 90-degree temperatures, the game slowed down a bit.
In the 50th minute, Ijeoma Okoronkwo, who came on late in the first half, shot the ball into the net from the left side of the box with a high-quality finish at the far post, but was correctly whistled offside.
Seconds after the goal was waved off, Jamaica scored a goal that counted, from a free kick from the right. The ball was lofted into the center of the box and midfielder Vyan Sampson hit a Nigerian defender to allow the ball to slide past the far post. Brown ran down it and did well to cut a pass back to Blackwood, who made up for her miss by pounding the ball into the top left corner with a left-footed shot from eight yards.
In the 83rd minute, Nigeria’s striker Michelle Alozie was close to equalizing when she hit the crossbar with a left-footed shot from outside the box, but the ball bounced down and out and was cleared away.
Jamaica almost ended the game in the last few seconds when substitute midfielder Tiffany Cameron was released after a breakaway group. Oluehi closed quickly and was then able to hold her own before falling to the ground to parry the first shot. Two more follow-up chances from Jamaica were cleared from the goal area and Blackwood’s score turned out to be the only score of the game.
– WNT SUMMER SERIES MATCH REPORT 2021 –
Game: Jamaica women’s national team vs. Nigeria women’s national team
Date: June 10, 2020
Competition: 2021 WNT summer series
Conference location: BBVA Stadium; Houston, Texas
Start: 4:38 p.m. CT
Weather: 91 degrees, humidity
Summary of results: 1 2 F
JAM 0 1 1
NGA 0 0 0
JAM – Deneisha Blackwood (Jody Brown) 51st minute
JAM: 13-Rebecca Spencer; 20-Cheyna Matthews (15-Tiffany Cameron, 66), 4-Vyan Sampson (22-Peyton McNamara, 90), 7-Chinyelu Asher (2-Chantelle Swaby, 82), 8-Shania Hayles (6-Havana Solaun, 46 .)), 12-Sashana Campbell, 10-Jody Brown (9-Kayla McCoy, 74), 14-Deneisha Blackwood, 17-Allyson Swaby (Capt.), 18-Tierney Wiltshire (21-Sade Adamolekun, 46), 5 -Konya plumber
Unused substitutes: 1-Sydney Schneider, 23-Yazmeen Jamieson, 3-Mikayla Dayes, 16-Gabrielle Gayle, 19-Satara Murray
Head Coach: Hubert Busby Jr.
BY: 1-Tochukwu Oluehi; 4-Glory Ogbonna (19-Akudo Ogbonna, 84), 10-Rita Chikwelu, 18-Obianujuwan Ikechukwu (13-Ifeoma Onumonu, 55), 20-Blessing Demehin (22-Michelle Alozie, 65), 15-Rasheedat Ajibade, 14 -Chidinma Okeke (8-Nicole Payne, 90), 17-Francisca Ordega (Capt.) (7-Ebinemiere Bokiri, 80), 9-Toni Payne, 3-Salome Zogg, 12-Roosa Ariyo (5-Ijeoma Okonronkwo, 43 )
Unused substitutes: 16-Yewande Balogun, 23-Sunday Etim, 2-Gift Monday, 6-Charity Adule, 11-Amanda Mbadi, 21-Onyinechi Ibe
Head Coach: Randy Waldrum
Statistics summary: JAM / NGA
Shots on goal: 8/4
Corner kicks: 3/8
Summary of the misconduct:
NGA – Glory Ogbonna (caution) 59th minute
JAM – Tiffany Cameron (Caution) 77
Referee: Tori Credo (USA)
Assistant referee 1: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Assistant referee 2: Alicia Messer (USA)
4. Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)