The Canadian women’s hockey team have qualified for the finals of the Pan American Games after a gap of 28 years after beating World Ranked 13 USA women’s hockey team (2-0) at the Pan American Games 2019 in Lima, Peru.
This is a historic victory for Captain Kate Wright’s led team.That it costed USA a title and an Olympic spot, is the ultimate double whammy.
Canada’s high pressing and incisive converting of opportunities in today’s game – showed the rapid progress Canada has made in the run-up to this game.
Karli Johansen scored for Canada through a penalty corner in the 10th minute, while Madeline Secco’s 35th minute field goal, ensured Canada seal the victory.
Coming into the match, the Americans were favourites to win the title as they are ranked five places above Canada. But this victory of Canada, is a culmination of more than a year’s working process.
It is worthy to note that the Canadian team is largely self-funded and had to move bag, and baggage to Belgium — a country where they didn’t even know the language, to train.
A gold here will guarantee a direct berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Canada will next meet Argentina for a final summit clash on 9 August 2019. Win or lose, the Canadians are going home with a medal.