Field Hockey Canada > Ireland wins 1-0 to pull even with Canada in Toronto series

After a 2-1 victory on Saturday, the Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Team fell short 1-0 to Ireland Sunday at the new Pan Am Fields in Toronto.

Having given up the first goal of the match just five minutes in on Saturday, Ireland started the game strong, keeping possession early on. Canada withstood the pressure, however, and began to level the run of play.

The game remained scoreless at the end of the first half, but that was not for a lack of opportunities for both teams.

Late in the second quarter, former University of Toronto Varsity Blue Kaelan Watson – playing at her alma mater – put a shot just wide of the Irish goal, narrowly missing breaking the deadlock.

Shortly after, Ireland earned a penalty corner but Canada’s Natalie Sourisseau came up with a big stop at the top of the circle. 

The first goal of the match didn’t come until late in the match.

After Canadian keeper Beckett Frisch made a couple of stops to keep the game scoreless, Ireland final broke through when Nicole Daly put one by Frisch in the forty-eighth minute, giving the visitors the important first goal and 1-0 lead.

Late in the fourth quarter, Canada pressed to try and find the equalizer but couldn’t convert on a flurry of chances.

With Ireland’s win, the four-game test series is even with each team winning one game.

The series’ final two matches will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6pm/ET at the new Pan Am Fields at the University of Toronto.

Complete scores and schedule for the series vs. Ireland can be found here.