Canada’s women’s field hockey team came up on the short end of a 3-1 decision against India Saturday in the second match of a four game series in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
For the second straight day, the Canadian women found themselves right in the thick of things as the game against 13th ranked and Olympic-bound India neared an end.
Down only 2-1 from early in the third quarter, it was a late fourth quarter goal that put the game out of reach for Canada.
Natalie Sourisseau, who scored Canada’s lone goal, was one of three Canadian women who reached a milestone in Saturday’s match.
In addition to Kelowna, British Columbia’s Sourisseau, Vancouver’s Shanlee Johnston and North Vancouver’s Stephanie Norlander each played in their 50th match for Canada.
The first quarter was scoreless, with the only items recorded on the scoresheet being a green card to each team and a yellow to Canada.
India opened the scoring in the 19th minute thanks to a tally from Poonam Rani. But Canada – like it did twice in Friday’s match – responded quickly.
Sourisseau picked up her first of the series in the 21st minute to tie the game at one.
The game remained even until halftime, but when proceedings resumed in the second half, India quickly took the lead on a penalty corner goal from Renuka Yadav in the 32nd minute.
Despite its best efforts, this time, however, Canada couldn’t not find an immediate equalizer.
India’s Anuradhaa Thokchom added the insurance marker in the 58th minute.
Canada and India will meet once more in Lancaster (Monday, July 25 at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET) before Canada takes on the host United States on Tuesday, July 26 (3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET). The Canada-U.S. match will be streamed live here.