FIH Pro League: US women stretch Argentina to penalty shoot out, lose 1-3 after 2-2 draw
Visiting United States women’s hockey team squandered 2-0 first half lead to play a 2-2 draw with Argentina in its first match of the FIH Pro League on Saturday. The hosts Argentina won the shootout 3-1 to take a bonus point to take its tally to five points from two games while the US had to contend with one point from the drawn game.
It was only in the third quarter that Argentina came back strongly to wipe out the first half’s deficit.
Trailing 0-2 at the breather, the hosts Argentina was a changed team in the second half as it started tormenting defence of the US with concerted moves. One such move paid dividends in the 46th minute when Carla Rebecca latched on to a pass and scored a brilliant opportunist goal to make the score 1-2. And four minutes later when the hosts forced a penalty corner, Delfina Merino chipped in with a brilliant drag to make the score 2-2.This score took the game to the penalty shoot out.
Playing its first game of the FIH Pro League,the visiting US women’s team started well as it had counter for every good move or tactics of its opponents. Playing to a plan and using gaps in the defence, the US took the lead in the 14th minute. It was Allessie Mackenzie that broke the ice and scored a brilliant goal to put the US ahead. And before the teams broke for interval, the US added yet another goal. This time it came through Lauren Moyer in the 24th minute.
Last time the US women’s hockey team scored a win over Argentina was in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The US had scored splendid 2-1 win over their Americam counterparts. Since then, Argentina had maintained unbeaten steak winning all six games played between the two nations.
– PTC NEWS