The United States women's team celebrates their World League Round 2 title in Rio
The United States women's team celebrates their World League Round 2 title in Rio
(Photo: Lu Valiatti)

Chile may have lost today's battle against Scotland in a 3-2 shootout loss, but they definitely won the war as the one-point performance was enough for the South American nation to secure their spot in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. Joining Chile in Round 3 will be the United States, who fulfilled their 10th world ranking and tournament favourite tag by finishing in pole position in the second round of the World League in Rio de Janeiro with a comfortable 6-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in their final pool matchwhich won the Rio Round 2 tournament after securing a straight forward 6-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago today.

 

United States 6, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Top seeds United States secured their place in round three of the World League with a 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in the opening game of the day.

Any pressure on the favourites was quickly dispelled in three minutes when Claire Laubach found the net with a precise drag flick at the opening penalty corner. The Americans proceeded to dominate the flow of the game and only poor finishing failed to add to the score, that is until 23 minutes when Lauren Pfeiffer doubled their score with a reverse stick finish.

 Towards the end of the first half the Americans added another two goals, the first came from a penalty corner strike by Katie O`Donnell that seemed to elude the goalkeeper, three minutes later a shot towards the back post was deflected into the net by Torrie Albini for a 4-0 interval lead.

The second half was virtually one-way traffic towards the Trinidad goal, but the fifth strike was delayed until 52 minutes, Jill Witmer intercepted a Trinidad back pass, she raced into the circle, rounded the keeper, and rolled the ball into the empty net. The Americans completed their scoring two minutes later with a straight strike at a penalty corner by Claire Laubach, and then played out the remainder of the contest.

Scotland - Chile 3-2   (Scotland won 3-2 in penalty shootout)
This clash was billed as the crucial game of the day, it was winner take all for the Scots while Chile could afford a draw to proceed to the third round draw.   The game finished 2-2 and it was the Chileans who celebrated their progress to the next round. The Scots won the resulting penalty shoot-out 3-2 but it was little consolation for only drawing in normal time. Prior to the match there were presentations to Linda Clement and Vikki Bunce on their 200th and 150 international cap respectively.

There were chances to both sides in the early exchanges, the best fell to Scotland when Catriona Ralph`s penalty corner shot was saved on the line by a defender. But it was Chile who took the decisive lead at a penalty corner when Camila Caram fired home a low shot past the Scotland keeper.   

 The Scots were left with a mountain to climb by the clinical finishing of the Chileans, Paula Infante went on a solo run and Agustina Venegas  deflected her shot past Gibson for the second goal. The Scots through caution to the wind after this setback and in 50 minutes pulled one back, a pass from the right by Linda Clement found Nikki Kidd in space and she lashed the ball into the roof of the net.   

The game opened out and there were penalty corner chances at both end as the minutes ticked away. But with three minutes left Scotland won a further penalty corner and in the resulting set piece Kidd drove a low flick into the bottom corner of the net.
Shepherd then went for a last throw of the dice by replacing keeper Gibson with an additional outfield player, but the Chileans calmly played out the final three minutes.  The Scots won an additional point by winning the resulting penalty shoot-out 3-2.   

Chile and Scotland finished level on 10 points apiece, but the former take second spot on a greater number of victories.

Uruguay 4, Brazil 0
In the first half all four goals for Uruguay were scored from penalty corners as they reached a commanding 4-0 advantage at the interval. The first came in six minutes, Maria Isabel Olaso`s shot was deflected past the goalkeeper by a defender. It took Uruguay to 25 minutes to increase their lead, at another set piece Ana Karina Bisignano found the net with a direct shot.

A few minutes later Uruguay increased their tally to three, Bisignano was again on target at the set piece and just before the interval Olaso scored her own second with another strike that beat the Brazilian goalkeeper. Brazil were rarely seen as an attacking force, they did win a penalty corner but it was never stopped properly.

 Mercedes Coates missed a gilt-edged chance for Uruguay in the opening three minutes, thereafter Uruguay were very much in control but no further goals. Brazil did have some pressure towards the Uruguay goal but no clear-cut chances emerged. Uruguay had two further penalty corner chances to increase their lead but both efforts were blocked. The second half finished goalless, but Uruguay finished with three consecutive victories while hosts Brazil were left without a point for the whole tournament.