|17 August 2013|
|19||3rd-4th||4:30pm||TTO - USA||3 - 1 (1 - 1)||Final|
Both teams played well in this competition, with a similar free-flowing attacking style, and did not want to leave Brampton empty handed. The match started with an observation period, the defenses leaving little manoeuvering room around the circle and Kwan Browne under close watch from Sean Harris.
The Trinidadians tried to inject some speed in the game but were hindered by unforced errors, and there was hardly any serious danger for the goal-keepers in the first ten minutes of play. The first opportunity was for the USA on a penalty-corner in the 12th minute and Aki Kaeppeler stepped up to propel the ball out of reach of the Trinidadian defense to open the score. Pat Harris had an opportunity soon after but Andrey Rocke did well to protect the Trinidadian goal.
Harris promptly created another chance with a long solitary run and a little lob over the sliding goal-keeper, but the ball was saved on the line by a desperate retreating dive by Mickell Pierre. Trinidad & Tobago had two penalty-corners immediately after, and Wayne Legerton powered a phenomenal bullet high in goal after calmly picking-up the rebound from the first shot by Kwan Browne. Both teams were back at square one with ten minutes to go in the half.
The USA applied intense pressure in the last five minutes of the period but it nearly backfires on a swift counter-attack by Mickell Pierre illegally stopped by Jon Ginolfi at the cost of a yellow card, but Trinidad & Tobago could not do much of the subsequent penalty-corner. Half-time was reached on a level score and the impression that the match could quickly switch either way.
The USA conceded a penalty-corner on the first action of second period but Chris Rea was up to the task in the American goal. He was however clearly beaten from close range by Mickell Pierre in the 43rd minute, on a penalty-corner that did not seem to go anywhere but Kwan Browne still managing to slide the ball across the running defenders.
The USA started to be unhappy, with themselves and the umpires, and some cards had to be shown. The Americans managed to settle down their emotions and applied more and more pressure, but their last passes were inaccurate and the Trinidadians seemed happy just trying to weather the storm for a while. They were saved by Dwain Quan Chan with a spectacular stick save on the post but were pushed back further and further on their heels by the Americans, playing now with real urgency to come back in the game.
It was however Trinidad & Tobago who were next on the scoreboard on a penalty-corner forced in a rare counter-attack, and once again powered under the crossbar by Wayne Legerton to establish a slightly more comfortable cushion with 9 minutes to go.
Soon Trinidad & Tobago were celebrating their first ever Pan American medal (Pan Am Games + Pan Am Cups), while the Americans were dejected to be pushed off the podium, certainly regretting their first period missed opportunities.
|TTO||48||13||QUAN CHAN Dwain||Green|
|TTO||70||4||DE GANNES Aidan||Green|