“Yeah, it’s really disappointing,” said Team Captain Ken Pereira. “We came out big starting off 1 – 0. We’ve played Argentina many times in the finals, so we knew they were going to come back. We knew they had dangerous forwards so we kind of sat back a little bit – too much – in the second half. And they came at us. They had a couple of penalty corners, they scored on one of them. The game opened up a little bit and we weren’t able to push into the circle well, and they managed to score on their chances.
“It’s unfortunate we didn’t qualify for the Olympics this way, but there will be another qualifier for us in the Spring. We have a tournament in three weeks – the Champions Challenge in South Africa – we’ll use that as a preparation tournament. Then in January and February we’ll start training and getting ready for our Olympic Qualifier. It’s a harder route to go, but it’s still a shot and hopefully we can do it there.”
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“It’s devastating, it’s been hard to keep the tears back I must say, when you see your parents, you see your family, it’s hard,” Short said. “We weren’t good enough today, the moment was too big for our team, and we showed our inexperience for this.”
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“It stings, it stings quite a bit,” Pereira said. “It’s tough to hear. It’ll never be easy to hear that anthem. You always wish it was your own. And you wish your flag was the first one going up that pole.”