In women’s hockey competition Pan Am Games Lima 2019, Canada is all set for a summit clash with defending champions Argentina. In the semi-finals played at Villa Maria on a cold and chilly afternoon, Argentina defeated Chile 3-1 while Canada overcame USA 2-0.
In other classification games, Uruguay defeated Peru 14-0 while Mexico beat Cuba 1-0.
The winner of gold medal will directly qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 hockey event for women.
In what appeared to be a close and fierce contest, Canada enjoyed slight edge in all departments of games though at times poor interceptions or erratic passing led to counter attacks by the US. In the absence of a finish, USA could not do much.
The game started well for Canada as it took lead in the 10th minute through a penalty corner. From the first penalty corner awarded in the match Karli Johansten hit the target that beat the USA goalkeeper with a low push. In the second quarter, USA got its first penalty corner but without any result.
Playing man to man and in tight zones, both Canada and USA tried to outsmart each other in short passes. But probably it was the chilly weather or little hostile playing conditions that either passes were inaccurate or were intercepted in between. Canada did work out some good moves but all faltered in the striking circle.
Midway in the second quarter, Canada consolidated its lead through an opportunist goal.It followed a goalmouth scramble after a series of exchange of passes by Canadians got them into the striking circle. It was Rose Madeline who pounced upon the opportunity to hoist Canada’s second goal.
Though both Canada and USA had penalty corner awards but none could be put to use.
Earlier, Argentina beat Chile 3-1 after Carla rebecchi had put the defending champions ahead in the 3rd minute. A brace by Julieta Jankunas in the 44th and 60th minute completed the tally for Argentina while Denise Lusada reduced the margin for Chile in the 45th minute.