|22 July 2015|
|17||5-8||9:00am||CUB - MEX||0 - 1||Official||x 2|
In the second day of crossover competition for the women’s Pan American Games, Cuba and Mexico played. From the start, play was in Cuba’s attacking half. In the fourth minute, Roseli Harrys hit a hard shot on goal, but it went wide. Soon after, Cuba’s Yuraima Vera Rojas also tried to score from the left side off a deflected pass, but the ball narrowly missed the goal cage. In the 6th minute, Cuba earned the first penalty corner of the match and the shot by Harrys on the left went wide to keep the match scoreless. In the 9th minute, Mexico had its first attacking opportunity of the match as Michel Navarro shot a ball just wide of the goal. Mexico then earned its first penalty corner and Navarro found Cindy Correa to give her team the lead in the 10th minute. After Mexico’s goal, Cuba tried to pressure on attack, but Mexico’s defense held Cuba to one shot in the rest of the first quarter that was saved by Mireya Bianchi. Thus, the score at the end of the first quarter remained Cuba 0, Mexico 1.
The second quarter started with Mexico immediately earning two penalty corners. The first of which was not well executed and Maria Correa’s shot was saved by Cuba’s keeper Heidy Gonzalez. In the 18th minute, Cuba then had a shot blocked by Mexico’s keeper Jesus Castillo. Cuba continued to pressure on attack with Yunia Milanes and Helec Carta pressuring right in front of Castillo. For the final four minutes of the second quarter Mexico had most of the possession near or in their attacking circle. Mexico’s attackers, however, Marlet Correa, Fernanda Oveida and Karen Orozco had trouble finding scoring opportunities with Cuba’s hardworking defense. As a result, the score was still Cuba 0, Mexico 1 at the halftime break.
The third quarter started with play in Mexico’s attacking half. Mexico’s Captain Jennifer Valdes and Marlet Correa kept trying to pressure on attack down the center of the pitch. Navarro had a shot blocked by Gonzalez. When Cuba was able to regain possession, Mexico’s Jessica Sanchez and Eliana Cota continued to play strong defense to hold off Vera Rojas who kept trying to attack down Cuba’s right side of the pitch. The hard work of Vera Rojas with her teammates led to three penalty corners in the 42nd minute. The first shots by Yaniuska Paso went wide and the shot by Carta was saved by Castillo. With either team unable to score, the score remained Cuba 0, Mexico 1 at the end of the third quarter.
Vera Rojas ran on attack and hit a hard shot that was saved by Mexico’s Jessica Sanchez to start the fourth quarter. Cuba kept on attack and earned a penalty corner in the 49th minute, but Castillo was there for the save. Carta received a yellow card in the 51st minute, but then Cuba immediately earned a penalty corner. Again, a shot by Vera Rojas was saved by Castillo to prevent Cuba from tying the match. In the 54th minute, Navarro had a hard shot, but it went high over the goal cage. In the 56th minute, Cuba had the ball in their attacking circle and Vera Rojas found Carta whose shot was saved by Castillo. Mexico immediately went back on attack and earned a penalty corner in the 58th minute. The penalty corner shot by Navarro went wide. Cuba kept fighting to attack and earned penalty corner in the final minute of the match. Paso could not get the penalty corner shot off past Mexico’s Cota and Mexico earned the one goal win over Cuba.
|Cuba||36||6||HARRYS Roseli||Green Card|
|Cuba||49||16||REYNA Annelis||Green Card|
|Cuba||51||11||CARTA Helec||Yellow Card|