Senior national women’s football team striker, Kennya “Yaya” Cordner and her IL Sandviken team captured the league crown in the Norwegian Toppserien in emphatic style hammering Klepp 8-0 in the 17th and penultimate round of competition on Sunday.
With the win, Sandviken improved to an unassailable 49 points from 17 matches on the ten-team table, four ahead of Rosenborg with one round of matches left to play.
Sandviken led 2-0 at the half-time interval and added six more items in the second-half in front their home crowd with six of the goals being scored from headers.
Maria Brochmann was the star of the day at the host Stemmemyren Ground, in Bergen with goals in the 23rd, 34th, 52nd, 68th, and 85th while Ingrid Marie Spord (64th and 87th), and Guro Bergsvand (78th) added the others.
Despite being an unused substitute Cordner who recently netted for the T&T senior women’s team in T&T's 1-1 friendly draw at home against Panama in the second of two matches, was delighted with the win.
Writing on her Facebook page Cordner of Speyside in Tobago stated: "God, if it wasn’t for you, I don’t know if I would have been here today (so) thankful for your mercies and the victory and for being a part of IL Sandviken history-wining 2021 (Cup). Just a little girl from Tobago in Norway living the dream."
Cordner, 32, and her clubmates who will close out the season on Saturday against third-placed LSK Kvinner (37 points) also made amends for their 2-1 loss against rivals Valerenga in the NM Cup final on October 31.
In the semfinals on October 3, Sandviken blanked LSK Kvinner 2-0 while Valerenga trashed Rosenborg 4-0 a day earlier.
<Jack’s Grambling State falls on penalties in final>
T&T’s Kaydeen Jack and the Grambling State University women's soccer team put forth a valiant effort in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament Championship Game but fell 3-2 to Prairie View A&M in the penalty-kicks shootout at the Prairie View A&M Soccer Complex in Texas on Sunday.
With the loss, Jack and The Lady Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 9-7-3 while the St James-born T&T international and her team-mates Lizbeth Aguero, and Kailey Pena were named to the 2021 All-SWAC Tournament team.
In Sunday’s final, Grambling State quickly jumped ahead of Prairie View A&M in the 21st minute when Aguero scored on a free-kick from roughly 25 yards out, building a 1-0 lead.
However, in the 68th minute, a handball violation called on Lindsay Jaiyesimi in the penalty area, awarded the Lady Panthers with a penalty kick which D'Sanye Nugent scored, knotting the game up at 1-1 after which no further goals were scored in regulation time.
In overtime, Grambling State outshot PVAMU 2-1, but neither team could break the deadlock, sending the game to penalty-kicks
Following a miss on GSU's first penalty kick attempt, Prairie View A&M's Nugent responded to put the Lady Panthers up 1-0.
The duo of Kambria Cash and Jack then scored Grambling State's next two attempts, while their goalkeeper Britt Verhees made back-to-back saves to give the Lady Tigers a 2-1 advantage.
However, PVAMU connected on its final two tries, while GSU, in their fourth SWAC final in five years missed its final two attempts, securing the championship for the Lady Panthers
In the semifinals on Friday, Jack and Grambling State knocked off SWAC regular-season co-champion, and second-seeded Alabama A&M 2-0
The victory also served as redemption for GSU (9-7-2) as they avenged a 1-0 loss to AAMU (10-8-1, 8-1-0) on October 27 and follows their 2-1 quarterfinal win over Jackson State at the same venue on Thursday.
Aguero quickly put the Lady Tigers in front 1-0 when she received a beautiful pass from Miranda Urbizu and deposited the ball in the back of the net in the fourth minute.
SWAC Offensive Player of the Year, Pena then put Alabama A&M away for good in the 89th minute when she struck the back of the net for the second goal of the contest
Last week, St James-born Jack who attended Diego Martin Central Secondary and was named to the 2018 Conference USA All-Freshman Team as a member of Florida International University was one of five Grambling State University women's soccer student-athletes selected to the All-SWAC First Team.
Grambling State's five All-SWAC selections were the most in the conference.
A former St Agnes Anglican Primary School stand-out athlete, Jack started 13-of-15 games she played for GSU, tallying two goals with two assists from the midfield position. She also was a major component of one of the stingiest defensive units in the SWAC, allowing just five goals in nine conference games.
<James gets two in West Texas 10-0 blowout>
T&T’s Asha James scored twice on five attempts and one assist while two of her Lady Buffs registered hat tricks as West Texas A&M defeated Texas A&M International 10-0 at The Pitch on Senior Day in Canyon, Texas.
With the lopsided win, the Tobago-born James and The Lady Buffs finish the regular season at 13-5-0 and 9-4-0 in Lone Star Conference play.
After 24 minutes of scoreless action, former Signal Hill Secondary student James found senior Hannah Kelley-Lusk after West Texas was awarded its second corner to take a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Buffs tripled their lead in just seven minutes with Maliyah Mendoza’s first brace of the season in the 28th and 31st minute off of assists by Emily Avila and Reagan Metacale respectively.
Senior Cheyenne Orozco scored her first collegiate goal in the 36th minute before James collected her first score of the match in the 42nd, for her 13th of the season quickly followed by Kelley-Lusk’s second of the half to make it 6-0 at the half.
Mendoza was the first player to register a third goal as the junior netted again in the 49th-minute while Kelley-Lusk recorded her 56th-career score when she completed her third hat-trick of the season in the 61st minute.
With her final score of the match, the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week set a new program record with 25 goals in a single season passing former Lady Buff Sarit Shenar's record.
Kahrena Thompson joined in on the blowout in the 80th before James finished the scoring with her team second-best 13th of the campaign in the 80th-minute for the Lady Buffs first double-figure scoring match of the season.
With the win, the Lady Buffs earned the fourth seed for the LSC Tournament and will host fifth-seed St. Mary's today at The Pitch in Canyon. The Rattlers finished the regular season with a 7-4-2 record in conference play after defeating Lubbock Christian, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.