Canada and Guyana played the first Pool A match of the 2013 Women’s Pan American Cup. Canada did not waste much time in the early going, scoring first off an early goal by Hannah Haughn in the 5th minute. A hard blast made it 2-0 by Thea Culley in the 15th minute.
Five minutes later Canada went ahead 3-0 off a Abigail Raye field goal. Throughout the first half Canada dominated possession and was awarded a number of penalty corners. However, Guyana’s defense behind the strong play of Alysa Xavier, Guyana’s keeper, prevented Canada from scoring off any of their penalty corners.
Canada’s relentless attack continued, with several shots on goal saved by the Xavier. Jessica Barnett then gave Canada a 4-0 lead right before halftime.
The second half started just like the first ended, with Canada strong on attack. Midway through the second half Canada held a seven goal lead over Guyana, after back-to-back penalty corner goals by Culley and Brienne Stairs, respectively. Much to their credit, Guyana kept playing strong defense, and prevented Canada from scoring for almost the rest of the half. Canada’s Stephanie Norlander scored in the final minutes making the final score, Canada 8-0 Guyana.
The game marked a special occasion as Danielle Hennig earned her 50th cap. Congratulations to Danielle!
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