KINGSTON, Jamaica – Arcahaie of Haiti earned a victory in their first ever Concacaf club match with a 3-1 triumph over Waterhouse of Jamaica in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League Round of 16 on Thursday night at East Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
Arcahaie also became the first Haitian club to win a match in the SCL and now advance to the quarterfinals where they will face Forge FC of Canada.
The visitors could not have asked for a better start and took a 1-0 lead in the 12’. Arcahaie DF Richkard Calixte fired a left-footed shot from outside the area that Waterhouse GK Akeen Chambers was unable to control, with the ball rolling off his fingers and into goal.
Waterhouse tried to respond, but the confidence Arcahaie were feeling was fully on display and MF Wendy Louis-jean doubled the margin 2-0 in the 31’ with a perfectly hit right-footed volley that spun into goal like a topspin lob.
Waterhouse’s plans of making a comeback suffered a setback early in the second half as Arcahaie notched their third goal of the night in the 60’. FW Johnny Pierre Paul played a pass into MF Clifford Thomas, who hammered a shot toward goal that was blocked by Chambers, but Pierre Paul pounced on the rebound and fired into net to make it 3-0.
Every time Waterhouse tried to mount a scoring opportunity, they were turned away by a resolute Arcahaie defense until the 81’ when FW Kendroy Howell received a through ball and scored with a strong right-footed finish to cut the gap to 3-1.
In the end though, it was not enough to catch Arcahaie, who saw things out to secure the historic result.