By Neto Baptiste
Despite a standout performance from goalkeeper Anik Jarvis, Antigua and Barbuda were overwhelmed by the attacking prowess of Mexico, succumbing to an 8-0 loss to the CONCACAF powerhouse in Group A of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday.
Playing in Santo Domingo, Jarvis pulled off a number of saves throughout the one-sided contest and almost singlehandedly prevented the attacking Mexico team from finding their breakthrough strike earlier in the contest.
Jimena López hit a nice ball into the box looking for Licha Cervantes, but Jarvis was up to the task, punching it off of the head of Cervantes and stopping the follow up shot.
The Antiguan goalkeeper was called into action once more in the 17th minute when María Sánchez got onto a ball and hit it on goal, but Jarvis made a nice save to parry it out for a corner kick.
Later, Nancy Antonio tried her luck from distance in the 22nd minute, but Jarvis did well to turn it over the crossbar.
Mexico found the breakthrough in minute 24 via Stephany Mayor who also netted in minute 33 from the penalty spot. There were goals as well from Rebeca Bernal (27’), Alicia Cervantes (43’), Katty Martínez (61’), Maricarmen Reyes (65’), Carolina Jaramillo (76’) and Myra Delgadillo (90+6’).
The result means that México goes to the top of Group A with six points and a +17 goal differential while Antigua and Barbuda, yet to get a point in the group, are in the cellar position with a -12 differential.
Antigua and Barbuda will face Anguilla on April 6, while México will face Anguilla on April 9.