Spain won their first European medal since 2003 as they fought back from a goal deficit to beat England in a shoot-out, ending the English run of seven successive medals.
Normal time ended 1-1 with England taking the lead in the 10th minute via Hannah Martin before Maria Tost equalised in the second half, setting up the shoot-out.
“We’re pretty happy obviously,” Spanish coach Adrian Lock said. “It was a shame we conceded the goal we did because it was a bit of a gift but it didn’t really affect us too much.
“We kept in the game, growing in the second half and made a few changes for the last quarter which helped us control it and create opportunities. Shoot-outs, we prepared pretty well which I was confident about and knew we could take it.”
Asked about Melanie Garcia’s role in the shoot-out, he added: “We have one keeper better than the other on strokes and she is able mentally to switch on and play her role.
“It seems the obvious thing to do. She hasn’t played a lot during the tournament, only half a game, and now she is a bit of a star. Even if its just one moment, it made a difference.”
It has been a special 12 month for Spain with World Cup bronze and a Junior European Championship gold. How far does he think the side can go?
“As long as we keep that desire to improve and make ourselves better players and better people, the sky is the limit. We will keep working with this team to the Olympic qualifier in October now to ensure our qualification.
“If that goes well, we have now seen we can compete with the top teams in the world and Europe. We are pretty consolidated in that top five or six in the world and can compete there and belong there.”