Ysaura Viso could not have asked for more on Venezuela’s debut at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, the young striker scoring twice as La Vinotinto marked their first appearance at a FIFA women’s tournament with a priceless 2-1 win over New Zealand.
Cheered on by their colourful band of supporters at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, the South Americans made light of Kate Loye’s early opener, hitting back thanks to Viso’s fine brace. Pulling her side level with a superb cross-shot, the diminutive speedster then outpaced the Kiwi defence to prod home the winner “There were tears and laughter in the dressing room after the game,” the heroine of the hour told FIFA.com afterwards. “We felt shattered but delighted and we were a bit emotional too because there were a lot of people in the stands supporting us. That gave us even more encouragement to push on and look for the win. It’s a special achievement for us.”
“Viso is the future of Venezuela,” said La Vinotinto’sPanamanian coach Kenneth Zseremeta in appreciation of her match-winning performance. “She is an inspiration to many of the girls who play football in Venezuela.”I’m just happy to have won three points for my country,” added the elated Viso, a humble and down-to-earth heroine. “I feel very proud at all the hard work put in by the squad, my team-mates and the coaching staff. I know we’ve made a little bit of history for Venezuela and we feel we can go on and achieve more. And I hope the coach will keep giving me a chance in the next few games because I want to score more goals.”
Making the switch
The Estudiantes de Guarico player had an unusual introduction to the game, starting out with a men’s team in the town of Santa Maria de Ipire before deciding to hone her skills on the futsal court, much like her favourite player Robinho. “Back then I didn’t even know there were women’s teams,” she admitted. Fortunately for Viso, the national team’s coaches had been alerted to her potential and it was not long before she was invited to join the Vinotinto set-up. And despite the obvious differences between the indoor game and the 11-a-side version, the rising star has made an effortless transition.
“There are still a lot of things I need to work on,” she acknowledged. “I need to learn to take a little bit more time on the ball, to wait and look for the pass. The New Zealand match was played at a fast pace and I needed to hang on to the ball more. This World Cup is a fantastic experience for us,” she added, taking a wider view. “We are all learning so much and getting on so well with each other. Now that we’ve got over our first-match nerves and made a good start I think we can go a long way. Our goal is to reach the second round. After that it’s a different stage of the competition and a different mindset.”
Standing between the Venezuelans and that objective are upcoming Group C rivals Japan and Spain, whose defenders would be well advised to keep a very close eye on the scampering No9.