|15 July 2015|
|8||Pool A||7:00pm||CAN - ARG||0 - 5||Official||x 2|
Host Canada played Argentina. The first six minutes of the match, Canada held most of the possession, but Argentina’s defense prevented any Canadian player from taking a shot. In the sixth minute, Argentina was in their attacking circle for the first time and immediately earned three penalty corners. After Canada’s Karli Johansen and Danielle Hennig worked hard to break up the first two corners, Argentina’s Noel Barrionuevo converted the third with her signature drag flick. Thus, Argentina took the 1-0 lead over Canada in the 8th minute. Canada regained possession, but again could not get the ball into their attacking circle. Argentina’s Delfina Merino had the ball near Argentina’s attacking goal, but the ball went off the end line. With play in the midfield the first quarter came to a close with Argentina up one goal over Canada.
Throughout the beginning of the second quarter Canada worked hard to go on attack. Brienne Stairs, Hannah Haughn and Natalie Sourisseau each had runs on attack for Canada, but could not find the back of the net. In the 20th minute, Argentina earned another penalty corner. Canada’s keeper Kaitlyn Williams made the quick save. Argentina kept up their attacking pressure. On Argentina’s next penalty corner Julia Gomes Fantasia hit a hard shot past Williams to put her team ahead by two goals in the 24th minute. Canada rushed back on attack and nearly scored off their first penalty corner. Argentina’s keeper Belen Succi, however, made a high glove save to keep Canada off the scoreboard. In the 28th minute, after a Canada player broke early on a penalty corner, Argentina’s Florencia Habif took advantage of the penalty corner situation to fire a rocket past Williams. In the final minute, Canada’s defense prevented Argentina from taking another shot on goal to keep the score Canada 0, Argentina 3.
To start the third quarter, Agustina Albertarrio quickly ran down on attack and forced a penalty corner. Barrionuevo’s shot went wide. Argentina quickly earned another penalty corner, but uncharacteristically the initial injection went far down the pitch. Canada found Haughn waiting near Canada’s attacking goal, but the ball slipped over the endline. Both teams kept battling for possession in the midfield. Argentina had a quick break on attack and Delfina Merino had a hard shot on goal. Keeper Kaitlyn Williams came out to make the save and Albertarrio was waiting close by and put in Merino’s initial shot in the 38th minute. Soon after, play was back down near Canada’s attacking circle, but a Maddie Secco shot went wide. For the remaining minutes of the third quarter, either team was unable to string together more than three consecutive passes. The scored remained Canada 0, 4 Argentina.
The first five minutes of the fourth quarter started quiet with play in the midfield, but Merino changed that with a hard shot in the 51st minute to give her team a five goal lead over Canada. Argentina continued to hold the majority of possession. Jimena Cedres nearly increased Argentina’s lead, but Williams reached high with her glove to stop the shot. With Argentina unable to get another shot off, the final result remained Canada 0, Argentina 5.