SIXTEEN-year-old Afiyah Cornwall, scored a beaver-trick as T&T futsal girls kept their hopes of qualifying to the medal round alive in Pool C at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, with a 7-5 win over Tonga on Wednesday.
Following a lopsided 14-0 loss to Thailand in their opener on Sunday, the T&T girls found themselves in a must-win situation against Tonga
However, at the half-time interval, T&T trailed 2-1, only to turn things around in the second half thanks to Cornwall.
Senior national women's team striker, teenager, Aaliyah Prince, 17, added a pair of goals for T&T while 14-year-old defender Moenesa Mejias netted the other as T&T picked up its first three points, to go level with Bolivia and Thailand while Tonga remained winless.
Spain leads the five-team pool with maximum six points after two matches.
For Tonga, Seini Luti netted a hat-trick, and Mele Akolo and Finehika Finau, one each in the loss as T&T goalkeepers Makida Herbert (two goals allowed) and Chelsea Ramnauth (three goals allowed), both shared duties in between the uprights.
Bolivia picked up its first win yesterday as well, 6-4 over Thailand while Spain had the day off.
On Friday, T&T futsal girls will meet Bolivia, and then a day later, Spain, both from 3 pm to close out round-robin play.
In Swimming, T&T's Kael Yorke was fifth in heat four of seven in the men's 50m butterfly to end in joint 26th spot overall with Israel's Groumi Gal Cohen.
The 18-year-old Yorke raced home in 25.20 seconds to trail Sweden's Robin Hanson (24.63), Romanian George Adrian Ratiu (24.75), Poland's Jakub Kajerski (24.79) and Germany's Maurice Ingenrieth (25.08).
The other finishers in the heat were Saudi Arabia's Yosuf Habib Buarissh (25.27), Estonia's Alex Ahtiainen (25.66), and Ireland's Robbie Powell (26.35).
Yorke, who was eighth in heat five of the men’s 100m butterfly in 55.72 on Monday for 28th overall will be back in action tomorrow (Friday), in the 200m butterfly.
Also, tomorrow, Dominic Cole will make his debut in the men's 100m heats from 4.05pm while on Saturday, Kelsey Daniel, competes in the men's triple jump from 1.30pm.