The USA and Canada will face off in both final matches at the 18th Pan American Games in Lima
In men’s semifinals, the USA ran over Argentina 17:1 and Canada edged out Brazil 8:7. The USA beat Cuba 31:7, while Canada blew away Brazil 19:5 in the women’s semifinals.
Canada women team already achieved an important objective. By qualifying for the final game, the Canadians earned an Olympic berth! Only one male and one female team will qualify for Tokyo 2020 from the Pan American Games. But, the USA women team already secured its spot at the 2020 Olympic Games, as the World League winner, so the ladies from Canada can start to prepare for Tokyo.
Semifinal day, August 9th
Classification 1st – 4th: Canada – Brazil 8:7, USA – Argentina 17:1.
Classification 5th – 8th: Mexico – Puerto Rico 14:15, Cuba – Peru 17:5
Classification 1st – 4th: USA – Cuba 31:7, Canada –Brazil 19:5.
Classification 5th – 8th: Mexico – Venezuela 13:6, Puerto Rico – Peru 15:4.
SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST 10th
Final: Canada – USA
Bronze medal game: Brazil – Argentina
Classification 5th-6th :Puerto Rico – Cuba
Classification 7th – 8th: Mexico – Peru
Final: USA – Canada
Bronze medal match: Brazil- Cuba
Classification 5th-6th: Mexico – Puerto Rico
Classification 7th-8th: Venezuela – Peru
Classfication 1st – 4th
Canada – Brazil 8:7 (3:1, 0:0, 1:3, 4:3)
Canada: Cote 2, Constantin-BIcari 2, Halajian 1, Gardijan 1, D’Souza 1, Spooner 1.
Brazil: Coutinho 2, Guimaraes 2, Cabral 1, P. Real 1, Almeida 1.
The semifinal encounter between Canada and Brazil has been the most interesting match at the tournament in Lima, so far. After a lot of twists and turns, Canada advanced to the gold medal match.
The Canadians took a flying start and earned a 3:0 lead after just two and a half minutes of play. Brazil managed to score one goal in the first eight minutes. The Canadians kept a 2-goal advantage in the defensive second period and they jumped to 4:1 early in the third quarter. Brazil started climbing back and equalized (4:4) 58 seconds before the end of the 3rd period. Constantin-Bicari gave Canada a 5:4 lead on the first possession in the 4th period, but Brazil equalized twice (5:5 and 6:6). Pedro Real put the Brazilians ahead for the first time in the match at 2:22 in the last period (7:6). Canada responded with two goals and gained a new lead – 8:7, just 43 seconds before the end. Pedro Real had a chance to equalize in a man-up attack, but he missed 15 seconds before the last buzzer.
USA – Argentina 17:1 (4:0, 4:0, 6:1, 3:0)
USA : Hooper 7, Cupido 3, Bowen 3, Daube 2, Obert 1,Hallock 1
Argentina: Camnasio 1.
The USA Team had no mercy to Argentina in the second semifinal. The USA played all match on a high level in the attack, as well as in the defense. Argentina its only goal scored in the 3rd period for 1:12. Johnatan Hooper was the top scorer with 7 goals.
The final match will be the second encounter between the USA and Canada at the 18th Pan American Game. In the Group Stage, the USA achieved a narrow win over Canada (13:11).
The bronze medal match Brazil – Argentina will be a replay of the derby of Group B. In the Preliminary Round, Brazil defeated Argentina with a 5-goal margin (12:7).
Classification 5th – 8th
Cuba – Peru 17:5 (5:1, 0:0, 5:1, 7:3)
Cuba: Carales 8, Contreras 3, Arroyo 3, Ponsa 1, Palacio 1, Failde 1.
Peru: Villar 2, Otero 2, Morales 1.
Mexico – Puerto Rico 14:15 (4:5, 5:5, 1:2, 3:1, PSO 1:2)
Mexico: Velazquez 4, Juarez 2, Alvarez 2, Avalos 1, Gibert 1, Mercado 1, Grubnik 1, Gonzalez 1 (+1 in PSO).
Puerto Rico: Loubriel 2, Quinones 2, Andino 2 ( + 1 in PSO), Zayas 2, Robles 2, Bayo 1, Rosado 1 (+ 1 in PSO), Hernandez 1.
The semifinal day offered the first penalty shootout in Lima. Puerto Rico defeated Mexico after the penalty shootout, which saw a lot of saves and misses and just three goals (2:1 for Mexico).
Cuba taught a lesson to home team Peru, which scored three goals in the last period when field player Danilo Palacio replaced goalkeeper Gianny Lara in front of Cuba’s goal.
Classfication 1st – 4th
Brazil – Canada 5:19 (1:4, 3:5, 1:5, 0:5)
Brazil: Coutinho 2, G. Dias 1, Duarte 1, Ferreira 1.
Canada: Crevier 4, Eggens 3, Bekhazi 3, Fournier 3, McKelvey 2, Christmas 2, McKee 1, Paul 1.
Brazil opened the match with a 1:0 lead in the 2nd minute. But, the Canadians earned a 4:1 lead before the first break. Canada built a 5-goal advantage by the end of the second quarter (9:4) and never looked back. Canada’s defense was superb in the second half. Brazil scored just one goal after the middle break, while the Canadians, led by Axelle Crevier, nailed 10 goals for a 19:5 victory.
Cuba – USA 7:31 (2:9, 3:5, 0:11, 2:6)
Cuba: Chavez 3, Bernal 2, Carrasco 1, A. Gonzalez 1.
USA: A. Fischer 7, M. Fischer 5, Musselman 4, Haralabidis 4, Fattal 3, Williams 2, J. Neushul 2, Steffens 2, Johnson 1, Seidemann 1.
The Americans were too strong for Cuba. The USA Team opened the scoring on its first possession, but Cuba equalized immediately, from a penalty shot. The Americans took control soon. At halftime, the USA team led 14:5, while it scored 11 (!) straight goals in the third period. The USA didn’t run out of gas for the last quarter and recorded a 31:7 win.
The Americans’ goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson didn’t play in the field this time. Still, she got into the scoring column, thanks to a full-court goal. Johnson sent the ball into Cuba’s net by a shot from her own goal in the last second of the first period. This was her 3rd goal in Lima. In the matches against Venezuela and Peru, when she had a chance to play in attack, she scored a goal apiece. Makenzie Fisher was unstoppable. She netted 7 goals. Aria Fisher scored 5.
Mexico – Venezuela 13:6 (5:1, 1:3, 4:0, 3:2)
Mexico:Diaz 4, Ramirez 3, Sanchez 2, Murrieta 1, Perez 1, Ramos 1, Espinoza 1.
Venezuela: Hernandez 3, Araujo 1, Agelvis 1, Martinez 1.
Puerto Rico – Peru 15:4 (3:0, 4:1, 3:1, 5:2)
Puerto Rico: Am. Ortiz 5, Garcia 3, Guzman 2, Medina 1, Quinones 1, Roman 1, Melendez 1, Abreu 1
Peru: A. Lopez 1, Sirio 1, Nolasco 1, Burga 1.