Argentina women emerge Pan Am hockey champs
Argentina clinched the 2013 Women’s Pan American Cup after defeating the United States 1-0 in the gold medal match in Argentina on Saturday.
The United States went on the attack early, but Argentina’s keeper Belen Succi came up with a big save.
Argentina then went on the counter attack and earned the first penalty corner of the match, but could not convert.
The eventual winners continued to attack and the US ‘keeper Alesha Widdall made some terrific saves to keep the match scoreless in the first half.
The second half of the final continued like the first, with both teams fighting for possession and limiting each other’s attacking opportunities.
Argentina was awarded the first penalty corner of the second half in the 42nd minute, but the play was blocked by the US’ defence.
Argentina kept up their attacking pressure and it paid off in the 55th minute when Delfina Merino put the hosts ahead.
The US had to settle for silver, while Canada earned bronze after defeating Chile 2-1 in their third place match.
Thea Culley converted a penalty corner in the ninth minute to put Canada ahead. Chile drew level when Francisca Vidaurre hit a hard back-hand shot from the top of the Circle in the 33rd minute as the teams went into the break at 1-1.
In the 38th minute, Culley tipped in a shot off the goal post to give her team a 2-1 lead, and so the scores stayed.
Mexico finished fifth, while Uruguay were sixth.
Trinidad and Tobago placed seventh, and Guyana finished in eighth position.
The seventh and eighth placed teams in this tournament are demoted to the 2015 Pan American Challenge, while the top six teams qualify for the 2017 edition of the Pan Am Cup.