Uruguay and Cuba played a Pool B match. In the opening seconds, Uruguay earned a penalty corner, but failed to capitalize. Uruguay kept up their attacking pressure and a few minutes later earned a couple more penalty corners that were again broken up by Cuba’s defense. Cuba’s keeper Heidy Gonzalez blocked a close shot by Manuela Vilar in the 8th minute. Uruguay continued to pressure hard on attack and then Constanza Barrandeguy was able to score in the 10th minute. For the rest of the first quarter, Uruguay continued to dominate possession, but Cuba continued to play solid defense to keep Uruguay mostly in the midfield. The first quarter ended Uruguay 1, Cuba nill. The second quarter began with Cuba on attack. Yunia Milanes, Sunaylis Nikle and Marisbel Sierra all tried to attack for Cuba, but Federika Kempner and Agustina Nieto broke up their plays. In the 22nd minute, Yuraima Vera Rojas, however, hit a hard shot into goal to tie the match. Both teams continued to try to attack and Uruguay earned another penalty corner in the 29th minute. Vilar’s shot bounced into goal to regain her team the lead to close the half with the score Uruguay 2, Cuba 1.
The third quarter started in an exciting fashion as Cuba’s Yaniuska Paso hit a hard penalty corner shot in the 32nd minute to tie the match 2-2. Cuba’s Captain Mileysi Argentel played good offense and defense to help keep play in the midfield. After coming back from a green card, Florencia Norbis had a good chance to score off a penalty corner play, but could not finish. Cuba then countered with a penalty corner, but the shot went wide. Both teams continued to battle throughout the third quarter, but with either able to break the tie the third quarter ended tied. The fourth quarter started with Uruguay pressuring on attack and Norbis found Anastasia Olave for the score that broke the tie in the 47th minute Uruguay then had a few penalty corner plays blocked by Cuba’s keeper Heidy Gonzalez. Late in the match, Sierra had a rare attacking possession for Cuba in the fourth quarter, but could not get a shot on goal. With either team unable to score in the final minutes, Uruguay came away with the 3-2 victory over Cuba.