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As Dominique Bond-Flasza done a trek from a median line to a chastisement spot, she knew what was during stake: modify this spot-kick and Jamaica go to their lass FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The esteem was great, a vigour enormous. But a 22-year-old had ice in her veins as she quietly stepped adult and coolly slotted past Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey to clinch bronze during October’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship for a Reggae Girlz, and with it, a desired place during France 2019. It was a moment, though, a no-nonsense defender felt abundantly prepared for.
“Before that game, we used a full walk-up from a mid line to a chastisement mark before holding chastisement kicks only in box it came down to it,” pronounced Bond-Flasza, in review with FIFA.com. “There’s a clarity of palliate when we know you’re prepared for a moment, so walking adult to a mark we felt assured in myself to make that shot.
“It was an wondrous feeling assisting Jamaica validate for a Women’s World Cup for a initial time,” she continued. “Going behind to that moment, a goalkeeper Nicole [McClure] had saved dual penalties and it took a vigour off a shooters.”
As a Reggae Girlz rejoiced on a representation in Frisco, Texas, so too did their compatriots around a world. From a country’s Prime Minister to Olympic fable Usain Bolt, Jamaicans took to amicable media to share in a impulse and pass on their congratulations.