The USA Women’s Team continued its winning streak and clinched the 3rd gold medal this summer.
The USA demolished Canada in the final of the 18th Pan American Games in Lima today – 24:4. Earlier this season, the USA took 1st places in the World League and at the World Championships.
This was the 5th consecutive gold for the USA women at the Pan American Games.
Brazil won the bronze medal, as it edged out Cuba (8:7) in the match for the 3rd place. Puerto Rico defeated Mexico after penalty shootout (13:12) in the game for the 5th place. Venezuela beat Peru (14:7) in the encounter which determined the 7th and 8th place.
Canada – USA 4:24 (1:6, 2:7, 1:10, 0:1)
Canada: Gaudreault, Alogbo, Crevier, Wright 1, Eggens, McKee, Bekhazi 1, Fournier 1, McKelvey, Christmas, Paul 1. Head coach: Andrew Robinson.
USA: Johnson, Musselman 3, Seidemann 1, Hauschild 1, Haralabidis 4, Steffens 4, J. Neushul 3, K. Neushul 1, A. Fischer 1, Williams, M. Fischer 6. Head coach: Adam Krikorian.
The final match was a one-sided contest. The Americans defeated Canada easier than it was expected. Four years ago, the gap between these two sides in the final match at the 17th Pan American Games was 9 goals (the USA won 13:4). This time, the Americans quickly killed all excitements and cruised to an easy victory, just like they did in all matches at the 18th Pan American Games.
The USA ruled the field and built a 7-goal advantage by the 10th minute (8:1). Deep into the second period, the Americans had a 12:3 lead.
The Canadians couldn’t come back. Their last hope was ruined in the 16th minute. Canada’s Emma Wright was excluded with substitution after 4 minutes, because of a brutality foul 27 seconds before halftime. The USA Team produced a 5:1 lead during a 4-minute interval in which Canada had 5 players in the field. The world and Olympic champions jumped to 17:4. The USA players slowed down in the last quarter but they extended the margin of their win to 20. The top scorer was Makenzie Fisher (6 goals). Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson also played excellently in the final. She collected 17 saves.
The top scorer of the tournament was Stephanie Haralabidis who added 4 goals today for 22 goals in total. Makenzie Fisher scored 21 goals in Lima.
Canada leaves Lima with the silver medal and with the Olympic ticket in the pocket.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Brazil – Cuba 8:7 (0:1, 5:3, 2:2, 1:1)
Brazil: Chamorro, Abla 2, Amaral , G. Dias 1, Duarte 2, B. Dias, Ferreira, Amaral, Belorio 1, Bahia , Coutinho 2. Coach: Juliana Machado.
Cuba: Zunzunegui, Grau, Chavez 1, T. Gonzalez , Carrasco 3, Bernal 1, Ramirez 2, A. Gonzalez, Diaz, Fria, Santana. Coach: Jorge Guiterrez.
The Cubans scored the only goal in the first period and they doubled an advantage early in the second quarter (2:0). Cuba had a 4:1 lead in the middle of the period. Then the Brazilians started climbing back. They equalized 54 seconds from the end of the period (4:4), while Mirella Coutinho beat the buzzer in the last second to put Brazil in front before the middle break (5:4).
Brazil scored its fifth goal in a row to earn a 6:4 lead 54 seconds into the third period. Cuba was able to come back and leveled the score (6:6), but Brazil entered the last period with a minimal advantage (7:6). Coutinho converted a man-up for 8:6 in the 28th minute. In the remaining time, Cuba managed to score a goal, and Brazil took the bronze medal with an 8:7 win.
Mexico – Puerto Rico 12:13 (1:3, 3:2, 4:4, 2:1, PSO 2:3)
Mexico: Carballo 3, Murrieta 2, Ramirez 1 (+1 in PSO), Sanchez 1, Diaz De Leon 1, Ramos 1, Espinoza 1 (+1 in PSO).
Puerto Rico: Medina 4 (+1 PSO), Garcia 2, Quinones 2, Am. Ortiz 1, Melendez 1, Roman (1 PSO), Guzman (1 PSO).
CLASSIFICATION 7th – 8th
Venezuela – Peru 14:7 (3:3, 2:1, 5:1, 4:2)
Venezuela: Y. Torres 4, S. Torres 4, Carangelo 3, Martinez 2,Blanco 1.
Peru: Al. Lopez 4, Sirio 1, An. Lopez 1, Garnica 1.
5 Puerto Rico
1999: Canada, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019: USA