|18 July 2015|
|12||Pool B||7:00pm||CAN - MEX||8 - 1||Official||x 2|
In the final men’s pool B match, Canada and Mexico played. Mexico’s Ricardo Garcia was honored for his 100th cap before the match. The match started with Mexico on the attack and Bruno Peraza trying to take a shot on goal, but it was denied by Canada’s defense. Canada regained possession and Gabriel Ho-Garcia did a lot of quick dribbling in front of the goal and eventually got the ball past Mexico’s keeper Moises Vargas. Ho-Garcia’s goal in the 6th minute made the score Canada 1, Mexico 0. Mexico went on the counter attack, but Alexis Campillo could not get a shot off before Canada came up with the ball. Canada went back on the attack and eventually Ho-Garcia again figured out how to get past Mexico’s frustrating defense in the 14th minute to make the score Canada 2, Mexico 0 that remained the score at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started with play immediately in Mexico’s attacking circle. Canada then went back on attack and Mexico continued to play strong defense that led to Mexico being able to generate play in their attacking half. In the 21st minute, earned a penalty corner, but Canada’s keeper David Carter made the high glove save to block Francisco Aguilar’s high drag flick. Canada kept trying to attack, but Mexico kept forcing Canada to pass the ball amongst their defenders in the midfield. In the 27th minute, Canada was able to penetrate their attacking circle, but Mexico forced play back to the midfield. Two minutes later, Canada was back on attack and Ho-Garcia had another hard shot on goal that was again blocked by Vargas. With Mexico forcing Canada to take a difficult shot in the final seconds of the second quarter the score remained Canada 2, Mexico 0 at halftime.
Canada started the third quarter with a bang as Matt Guest passed back and forth with Matthew Sarmento who finished the play that gave his team a three goal lead in the 31st minute. Mexico then went on the counter attack and Campillo’s hard work on attack paid off with a penalty corner goal in the 36th minute to put Mexico on the scoreboard; making the score Canada 3, Mexico 1. Canada rushed back on attack and Guest shot the ball past Vargas just as he was falling to the ground to make the score Canada 4, Mexico 1 in the 38th minute. A minute later Canada earned their first penalty corner of the match, but the shot went wide. Canada then earned two more penalty corners, but Mexico prevented the first play from being executed and Vargas blocked the shot on the second. Mexico’s defense held Canada’s attackers outside the circle to keep the score at the end of the third quarter Canada 4, Mexico 1.At the start of the fourth quarter Canada continued to pressure hard on attack and Sarmento scored his second goal of the match in the 47th minute. Canada was relentless on attack and Ho-Garcia again had Vargas read with a tough shot in the 52nd minute to make the score Canada 6, Mexico 1. Two minutes later, it was Ho-Garcia again with his fourth goal of the match to put Canada ahead of Mexico by seven goals. Canada’s attack was unstoppable with Paul Wharton then pushing the ball past Vargas in the 54th minute to make the score Canada 8, Mexico 1. In the 58th minute, Canada earned a penalty corner and the play resulted in a stroke. Froese barely got the stroke off that was easily stopped by Vargas. Thus, the final score remained Canada 8, Mexico 1 and Canada secured the top of Pool B.
|Mexico||23||7||GARCIA Edgar||Green Card|
|Canada||35||7||HO-GARCIA Gabriel||Green Card|
|Canada||39||14||FROESE Adam||Green Card|
|Mexico||53||28||CAMPILLO Alexis||Green Card|