5th Women’s Pan American Junior Championship – Day 7
Result, Points Table, Match Schedule here
Semi Final 1
Argentina 3 defeated Canada 2
Goals: Yanina Garcia 34m, Maria Silvina D’Elia 37m, Daniela Paola Maloberti 64m; Canada - Jessica Denys 4m, Thea Culley 23m
Semi Final 2
USA 2 defeated Chile 1
Goals: - USA – Katie Grant 26m 50m, Caroline Garcia 68m
Mexico 4 defeated Barbados 1
Goals: Mexico – Margarita Paredes 3m, Diana Fuentes 34m, Mitzi Aguilera 57m, Eliana Cota 68m; Joanna Clarke 69m
Uruguay 2 defeated Jamaica 0
Goals: Uruguay – Florencia Mondelli 43m, Agustina Bomio 64m
Report by Sherlan Cabralis, PAHF Media Officer
Argentina survived a 2-0 deficit to defeat Canada 3-2 and earnthe right to defend their title at the 5th Women’s Pan American Junior Championship.
Canada got an early goal through a perfectly placed drag-flick from captain Jessica Denys in fourth minute from a penalty corner before Thea Culley pounced on a loose ball on the top of the circle for an unexpected 2-0 lead.
Argentina’s fans continuously cheered on their team and were rewarded with a beautifully taken penalty corner from Yanina Garcia to reduce the deficit to 2-1 before the end of the first half.
Two minutes into the second half Argentina’s Maria Silvina D’Elia executed another penalty corner to draw level with Canada. Argentina continued to dominate the game and took the lead in the 64th minute via a powerful strike on the top of the circle from Daniela Paola Maloberti.
The USA defeated Chile 2-1 in the second semi-final with two goals to Katie Grant. USA enjoyed the better of the exchanges and reaped the benefit for their hard work by executing a penalty corner in the 26th minute to take the lead.
After a save from Chile’s goalkeeper, Katie Grant scored again with a nifty follow through in the 50th minute. Chile’s captain Carolina Garcia grabbed a consolation goal in the 68th minute from a successfully taken penalty stroke. Garcia is now the top goal scorer in the tournament with 11 goals.
Barbados lived to regret their inefficiency from penalty corners as they lost 4-1 to Mexico in the crossover rounds. Barbados failed to convert six successive penalty corners in the first half while Mexico banged in three of theirs to qualify for the 5th place play off.
Mexico struck early in the first half through Margarita Paredes but Barbados took control with solid defense from Dareece Dyall and Dionne Clarke. However, the Barbadians were unable to make their period of domination count via set pieces and Mexico rubbed salt in their wounds when Diana Fuentas scored in the 34th minute from their only penalty corner of the half.
In the second half, both teams had equal possession of the ball but Barbados played at least 25 minutes short because of yellow cards awarded against captain Jehan Lashley, Charlia Warner and Dyall. Their penalty corner problems remained. It took a further five attempts before Joanna Clarke scored from a penalty corner for Barbados but it was merely a consolation item as Mexico converted twice from seven set pieces to secure the 4-1 win.
In the following match, Jamaica was edged 2-0 by Uruguay. Uruguay spent most of the first half in Jamaica’s territory, but excellent defensive work from Jamaica’s captain, Shakeela Elliott and defender, Patricia Campos kept Uruguay from capitalising on their opportunities.
In the second half, Magdelene Vanrel passed the ball to Florencia Mondelli, who banged it in the goal, giving Uruguay the lead in the 43rd minute. Jamaica stepped up the space and generated three penalty corners, but could not convert. A well-executed penalty corner in the 64th minute taken by Agustina Bomio put the game out reach for Jamaica. Uruguay play Mexico for 5th place and Jamaica will take on Barbados for 7th place.
11th Place Playoff: Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic, 9am
9th Place Playoff: Trinidad & Tobago v Bermuda, 11.30am
7th Place Playoff: Barbados v Jamaica, 2pm
5th Place Playoff: Mexico v Uruguay, 9am
3rd Place Playoff: Canada v Chile, 11.30am
Final: Argentina v USA, 2pm
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