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Thursday 30 September 2010 | Published in Regional


The Cook Islands national women’s soccer team have made history by defeating Tahiti for the first time in any soccer international match by one goal to nil in their first match at the Oceania Women’s Soccer Tournament being played at North Harbour, New Zealand.

With the wind at their backs the Cooks dominated most of the first half.

In the 15th minute the Cooks were awarded a free kick just outside the 18 yard box and the powerful left foot of Regina Mustonen made no mistake in slamming the ball past the Tahiti goalkeeper into the back of the net. Throughout the first half our girls had two other goal-scoring opportunities, which went wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

For most of the second half both teams were evenly matched, however in the final 15 minutes Tahiti mounted a lot of pressure on the Cook Islands defence, but they managed to hold on to a historic one goal win.

Other results from day one: New Zealand 14 vs. Vanuatu 0

The Cook’s will play their second match today against favourites New Zealand on Friday (NZT).