[dropcap size=small]C[/dropcap]osta Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago on penalties, 3-0, in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to advance to the finals of the tournament and qualify for the country’s first women’s World Cup.
Trinidad & Tobago met Mexico in the third-place match and fell in extra time, 2-4. The Soca Princesses will meet Ecuador in a two-leg playoff series for the final spot at next summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Carolina Venegas scored for Costa Rica in the 18th minute. Lauryn Hutchinson scored in the 73rd for Trinidad & Tobago to equalize. Neither team scored in extra time to take it to penalties. Costa Rica’s Dinnia Diaz saved all three penalty kicks she faced to help the Ticas advance and clinch a spot at next year’s World Cup.
Photojournalist Cynthia Hobgood was on the sidelines to capture the action.
[divider]About the Photojournalist[/divider]
Cynthia Hobgoodis a Washington, DC-based digital communications consultant, photographer and writer. Hobgood started covering soccer as a journalist in 2000 for weekly/daily publications and ultimately, the Associated Press (while also covering other pro and NCAA sports primarily in the DC area.) She previously helped launch a national youth sports nonprofit and started Full 90 Communications earlier this year. Hobgood has a master’s degree in sports management from The George Washington University School of Business and master of arts degree in English from Baylor University.