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Calypso Stickwomen play for Pan Am survival
T&T’s senior women’s hockey squad will be playing for a spot to the 2017 Pan American Cup when they come up against Mexico in the second of two fifth to eighth place semifinal matches at the fourth Women’s Pan American Cup at the Mendocino Hockey Stadium, Mendoza, Argentina, from 1 pm today.
This after the Alanna Lewis-captained youthful squad was outplayed by Canada 5-0 in their must-win Pool A final round-robin match on Tuesday for a spot in today’s main draw semifinal.
Going into Tuesday’s match, both T&T and Canada had three points with wins over Guyana and defeats at the hands of three-time defending champions, Argentina.
However, Canada was ahead of T&T on goal-difference and needed only a draw while T&T needed nothing less than a victory.
The Glen “Fido” Francis-coached T&T managed to hold the Canadians at bay with some great defensive play until eight minutes before the half-time whistle when Hannah Haughn opened the scoring after she isolated herself from the T&T defence and fired a hard shot past goalkeeper Anastasia Netto.
The second-half mirrored that of the first as Canada dominated possession and controlled the play in their attacking half of the pitch while T&T continued to play incredible defense to keep its opponents from having many shot opportunities.
Canada’s persistence on attack finally paid off when Stephanie Norlander scored from a field goal with nine minutes left in the match and within three minutes Canada was awarded a penalty corner from which Brienne Stairs tipped in for a 3-0 lead to put the match out of T&T’s reach.
From the restart, Canada received another penalty corner but Netto prevented another penalty corner shot from going in only for Caashia Karringten and Thea Culley to add late field goals to complete the scoreline and grab second spot with six points from three matches, three behind Argentina which slammed winless Guyana 22-0 in the night’s final contest.
On Sunday, T&T, ranked 26th in the world, rebounded from their 12-0 blowout to host Argentina with a hard fought 1-0 win over Guyana courtesy a fourth-minute own goal while Canada, after trouncing Guyana 8-0, was blanked by the Argentines.
In Pool B, USA cemented top spot with a third win from as many matches—6-1 over Uruguay—after beating Mexico 6-0 and Chile 5-1 in their first two matches while Chile grabbed second spot on goal-difference, after hammering Mexico 9-0.
Both Chile and Uruguay ended with four points, but Chile had a better goal difference of plus-five to Uruguay’s minus-one for second spot.
The Uruguayans face Mexico in the other fifth to eight semifinal spot with the winner joining the other team to contest the fifth place playoff on Saturday as qualifiers to the 2017 Women’s Pan American Cup along with the two main draw semifinalists.
In today’s main draw semis, Argentina meets Chile and USA comes up against Canada for a spot in Saturday’s gold and bronze medal matches.
The winner of this tournament will qualify for next year’s FIH Hockey World Cup to be held in The Hague, Netherlands while the teams placing second to eighth will be demoted to the 2015 Women’s Pan American Challenge.
This is the third time T&T women are competing in the Pan American Cup after missing out on the 2001 edition held in Kingston, Jamaica where Argentina defeated USA for the gold, the first of three such meetings between both countries in the competition’s history.
The “Calypso Stickwomen” have a best ever finish of fourth, in 2009 in Hamilton, Bermuda after a 2-1 loss to Chile in the bronze medal contest.
Chile 9 (Camila Caram 34th, 44th, 47th, 63rd, 67th, FRancisca Vidaurre 26th, 31st, own goal 4th, Manuela Urroz 21st) vs Mexico 0
USA 6 (Rachel Dawson 6th, Kelsey Kolojejchick 16th, Shannon Taylor 24th, Kathleen Sharkey 35th, Paige Selenski 38th, Katie Reinprecht 68th) vs Uruguay 1 (Agustina Taborda 64th)
Canada 5 (Hannah Haughn 27th, Stephanie Norlander 61st, Brienne Stairs 64th, Caashia Karringten 69th, Thea Culley 70th) vs T&T 0
Argentina 22 (Luciana Aymar 45th, 47th, 51st, 61st, Carla Rebecchi 6th, 24th, 37th, 41st, Martina Cavallero 2nd, 8th, 16th, Rosario Luchetti 21st, 58th, 63rd, Daniela Sruoga 12th, 27th, Delfina Merino 17th, 30th, Noel Barrionuevo 35th, 70th, Agustina Albertarrio 53rd, Silvina D’Elia 69th) vs Guyana 0
Fifth to Eighth semifinals
Uruguay vs Guyana, 10.30 am
T&T vs Mexico, 1 pm
Main Draw semifinals:
USA vs Canada, 5.30 pm
Argentina vs Chile, 8 pm
Seventh - Eighth, 10.30 am
Fifth - Sixth, 1 pm
Bronze medal match, 5.30 pm
Final, 8 pm.
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 0 40 0 9
Canada 3 2 0 1 13 6 6
T&T 3 1 0 2 1 17 3
Guyana 3 0 0 3 0 31 0
USA 3 3 0 0 17 2 9
Chile 3 1 1 1 10 5 4
Uruguay 3 1 1 1 5 6 4
Mexico 3 0 0 3 0 19 0
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