Can vs Chile (Game 3 Report)
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Women’s national team came out hard in the third game of the Chile Series, here in Santiago. Playing at a private school, the field was packed with young ones eager to watch and cheer on their home country! Prior to the game, Canada’s Diana Roemer (Mill Bay, BC) was presented flowers and a card for earning her 50th International CAP today.
Team Canada went down 1-0 at half time after a defensive scramble allowed a Chilean forward to speed in and get a straight shot from the top of the circle. The Canadians limited the Chilean attack, with the game being played mostly between the 25 yard lines. Both teams seemed to be causing unforced turnovers, making it difficult for either team to really generate solid momentum. The Canadians had a few penalty corners in the first half and a Katie Baker strike was deflected up by Thea Culley and inches wide of the right goal post. This would be Canada’s earliest and best chance of the first half.
The Chileans were transfering the ball in the backfield a lot showing the typical patient, South American hockey style. The Canadians were able to capitalize on a Chilean turnover and a bouncing ball sent towards the circle by Canadian, Tyla Flexman, was picked up by Jessalyn Walkey. With a fantastic reception to spin past her defender, Walkey took little time to flip her stick around and get a reverse stick shot off so quickly the goalie could barely react. Tying up the game at 1-1, the Canadians continued to attack and penetrate the Chilean 25. Unlucky not to pocket a few more, the girls are looking to evaluate today’s game and come out strong for the final two games.
Starting Line-up: K. Williams, D. Roemer, S. Jameson, S. Smith, A. Raye, K. Baker, T. Flexman, K. Wishart, J. Walkey, T. Culley, K. Gillis
Substitutions: M. Weber, K. Collison, M. Dickinson, S. McManus, D. Hennig
DNP: N. Sourisseau, A. Liu
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