|20 July 2015|
|13||1/4 final 1||9:00am||ARG - CUB||10 - 0||Official||x 2|
The first quarter-final match of the Pan American Games women was between Argentina and Cuba. Argentina immediately pressured on attack from the start and earned their first penalty corner of the match in the 5th minute. Rocio Sanchez collected the ball on the penalty corner play and pushed the ball far past Cuba’s keeper Heidy Gonzalez. Argentina continued to maintain possession. Yailyn Abrahan and Captain Mileysi Argentel did a good job on defense, especially in the midfield, to hold off the Argentina attack; including another penalty corner by Argentina in the 9th minute. As a result, Cuba had their first scoring opportunity of the match in the 10th minute with a shot by Marisbel Sierra that went wide. Argentina earned three more penalty corner in the 15th minute, but Sierra and keeper Gonzalez broke up the first two plays. Argentina’s Barrionuevo converted the third penalty corner of the minute to put her team ahead by two goals to end the first quarter of the match.
Argentina kept up their attacking intensity in the second quarter. Sanchez converted another penalty corner opportunity in the 17th minute to make the score Argentina 3, Cuba 0. Pilar Romag quickly gave her team a four goal lead with a reverse shot in the 20th minute. Two minutes later, Barrionuevo and Florencia Habif, respectively, scored back-to-back penalty corner goals to make the score Argentina 6, Cuba 0 by the 24th minute. After these two penalty corner goals, Cuba substituted their keeper Gonzalez for reserve keeper Yusnaidy Bentacourt. Argentina’s Luciana Molina quickly got past Bentacourt to make the score Argentina 7, Cuba 0.
To start the third quarter, play was in Argentina’s attacking circle. Bentacourt made a number of big saves and with Captain Argentel Cuba played strong defense to prevent Argentina from increasing their lead for much of the third quarter. In the 43rd minute, Barrionuevo scored another penalty corner goal making the score Argentina 8, Cuba 0. Cuba’s defense prevented Argentina from scoring further in the third quarter to keep the score Argentina 8, Cuba 0.
The fourth quarter featured constant penalty corners for Argentina. Again, Bentacourt kept making saves and Cuba’s Brirzaida Ramos also made some defensive saves on corners to prevent Argentina from capitalizing off many of their penalty corners in the fourth quarter. Barrionuevo and Sanchez each converted corners in the 51st and 52nd minutes to make the score Argentina 10, Cuba 0. Roseli Harrys also played strong defense for Cuba that helped Cuba to continue to keep Argentina from capitalizing off many penalty corners in the rest of the match. Behind four goals from Barrionuevo and three goals Sanchez, respectively, Argentina came away with the 10-0 win over Cuba.