It has already been a historic campaign for the team, getting one over the Tahitians for the first time, then outscoring Vanuatu last week.
Yesterday’s match against the Solomon Islands had big implications for the Cook Islanders, with the winner of the match pretty much guaranteed a place in at least a bronze medal final.
The game was a deadlock for a majority of the first half, with neither team able to take a shot at goal. Once the opportunity finally arose, the Cook Islanders made sure it found the back of the net.
Around 15 minutes in to the match, the Cook Islands made a break from halfway and Kuramaeva Tare managed to kick the ball ahead of her, regathering it for a strike that was deflected off a Solomon Islands player, only for Tare to regather again and chip it in for the team’s first goal.
The next goal came just minutes later, with standout Lee Maoate-Cox slotting yet another free kick, this time from at least 35 yards out. The goal is her second scored from a free kick in as many games.
The Solomon Islanders came straight back from the kick-off, running down field for a shot that was saved by the Cook Islands goalkeeper. However, they eventually scored just before the halftime hooter, to bring the score to 2-1.
The second half of the match was a scoreless back and forth battle. Solomon Islands failed to convert several opportunities as the Cooks’ back-end defence proved their worth.
Their next game is set to be a cracker against Papua New Guinea on Wednesday afternoon (CI time). The winner of the match will place first in Pool B and book themselves a place in the gold medal final.