8th Men's Pan American Junior Championship - Day 5
A narrow win to Canada and huge victories to Mexico and Chile kept all three teams at the top of the Pool B as the race for semi final positions intensified on day five of the 8th Men’s Pan American Championship in Cuba.
After Mexico had thrashed Venezuela and Chile had done much the same against Puerto Rico earlier in the day, Canada struggles throughout before finally prevailing against Trinidad & Tobago in the final match of the day.
Match Reports by Graciela H. Ortiz, PAHF Media Officer
For results, standings, team lists and other information from the tournament, visit the Pan American Hockey Federation website.
Mexico 20 defeated Venezuela 0
Goals: Mexico - Jorge Gómez 5m 11m 22m 31m 35m 54m 57m 58m, Edgar García 18m 22m 51m 55m 58m, Rubén Martínez 66m 68m 69m, César García 2m, Reyson Aguayo 23m, Roberto García 41m, Oscar Galván 70m
An eight goal haul to Jorge Gómez and five to Edgar Garcia was the backbone of Mexico’s emphatic 20-0 demolition of a helpless Venezuela on day five at the 8th Men’s Pan American Junior Championship in Cuba.
Gómez’s goals were scored at regular intervals (in the fifth, 11th, 22nd, 31st, 35th, 54th, 57th and 58th minutes) and were complemented by an avalanche from his teammates. García’s came in the 18th, 22nd, 51st, 55th and 58th minutes, while the other we scored through Rubén Martínez (in the 66th, 68th and 69th), César García (two minutes from the start), Reyson Aguayo (in the 23rd); Roberto García (in the 41st minute) and Oscar Galván, in the 70th.
Venezuela are coached by Argentina's Lucas Piccioli, who only took control of the youngest team in the tournament four months ago. Picciolo continue with the team for four more years in the hop that they will develop into a formidable unit by the time of the next tournament.
The Venezuelan team has an average age of 16 and the youngest player is 14-year-old Rafael Kaiser.
The win keeps Mexico in touch with Chile and Canada at the top of Pool B ahead of their clash with Puerto Rico on Monday, while Venezuela will meet Trinidad & Tobago at 2pm.
Chile 23 defeated Puerto Rico 0
Goals: Chile - Alfredo Thiermann 4m 45m 46m 48m 49m 51m, Alexis Berczely 5m 9m 15m 17m, Sebastián Kapsch 11m 18m 19m, Thomas Tegtmeier 47m 57m, Fernando Fernández 34m 66m, Jaime Zarhi 32m 35m, Thomas Kannegiesser 37m, Diego Villaseca 55m, Camilo Almarza 54m, Cristián Zarhi 43m
Chile overwhelmed Puerto Rico 23-0, in the day’s second match Championship to move one more step towards the semifinals on Sunday.
Chilean striker Alfredo Thiermann netted six goals - in the fourth, 45, 46, 48, 49 and 51 minutes, while Alexis Berczely scored four, in the fifth, ninth, 15th and 17th.
The rest of the goals were scored by Sebastián Kapsch (11th, 18th and 19th minutes); Thomas Tegtmeier (in the 47th and 57th); Fernando Fernández (in the 34th and 66th minutes); Jaime Zarhi (in the 32nd and 35th); Thomas Kannegiesser, in the 37th; Diego Villaseca (in the 55th minute); Camilo Almarza (54th) and Cristián Zarhi (43rd minute).
Chile demolished Puerto Rico across the pitch and dominated throughout to have the match under control in less than 10 minutes.
The Caribbean squad produced only one attacking advance, nine minutes before the final, to earn two fruitless penalty corners.
Chile will play a key match, against Canada, on Tuesday at 9am local time. Puerto Rico will clash against Mexico on Monday at 2pm.
Canada 2 defeated Trinidad & Tobago 0
Goals: Canada - Philip Wright 7m, Mark Pearson 47m
Canada had to struggle to defeat Trinidad & Tobago by 2-0 in the last match of the day.
With these results, Chile lead Group B with nine points after three matches, while Canada are second with six points, along with México, but ahead on goal difference.
The first half of the match was an even contest, with a slight dominance by Canada against a precise and organised Trinidad & Tobago, who always attempted to advance up the pitch playing good hockey.
Nevertheless, the Canadians reached their rivals' circle more than Trinidad & Tobago did and eventually took the lead in the seventh minute through Philip Wright.
Though Canada pressed to double the margin for the remainder of the first half, Trinidad & Tobago controlled their defensive are well to deny their opponents sporadic advances into their circle.
The North Americans increased the pressure after the break and pushed Trinidad & Tobago around the field towards their back line. The scheme paid dividends as the winners increased their advantage through Mark Pearson, who deflected a penalty corner shot for the 2-0 advantage in the 47th minute.
Despite Trinidad & Tobago’s best efforts to bridge the gap, they did not show clear ideas in front of the Canadian goal. Although they produced some penalty corners opportunities, they failed to take advantage of them as they did against Puerto Rico on Friday.
The North Americans will play on Tuesday against Chile, at 9am, while Trinidad & Tobago will meet Venezuela on Monday at 4pm local time.
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