Player of the Tournament: Denise KRIMERMAN (CHI)
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
Mexico, Uruguay, USA
Goal-keeper of the Tournament: Claudia SCHÜLER (CHI)
U21 Player of the Tournament: María Paula ORTIZ (ARG)
Top goal-scorer: Noel BARRIONUEVO (ARG) and Kathleen SHARKEY (USA), 5 goals
|9 August 2017|
|8||Pool B||5:00pm||MEX - CAN||0 - 4||Official||x 2|
Perhaps recovering from the energy spent in their draw with USA, Canada’s promising attack was flat for the opening 30 minutes of their game with Mexico. On the other hand, Mexico’s defence looked poised to steal points, doing what was necessary to disrupt any chance of Canadian momentum. Mexican keeper Jesus Castillo was more than up to the task, denying chances by Stephanie Norlander in the 5th minute and a quick deflection by Amanda Woodcroft in the 22nd minute.
Canada had their share of opportunity including a penalty corner in the 10th minute, which was flicked wide by Danielle Hennig, and a clear take at goal in the 24th minute by Maddie Secco, again blasted wide. Mexico’s chances were minimal though promising as Fernanda Oviedo batted a bouncing ball from the top of the circle to force net-minder Kaitlyn Williams to make a save in front of the Canadian goal in the 20th minute. Maria Correa and Karen Orozco were thorns to the Canadians, doing just enough to keep minimize circle entries. The game remained scoreless at half.
Canada finally broke the dead lock in the 37th minute when Brienne Stairs effortlessly deflected a Kate Wright cross in to the top of the Mexican goal. With the pressure relieved Canada started to connect on their passes and in the 40th minute Secco cut through the Mexican midfield and set up Norlander whose back-hand shot hit traffic and beat Castillo for a 2-0 Canada lead.
Stairs scored her second of the game showcasing her skills on a solo run through the circle and flipping the ball over the out-stretched kicker of Castillo to lift Canada 3-0. An errant pass by the Mexican defence went right to the stick of Stairs who walked it in to the circle and rippled the mesh to score her third goal of the game. Canada kept on the pressure to secure the 4-0 victory and a spot in the semifinals. Their cross-over opponent, Argentina or Chile, depends on the USA vs. Brazil game.