Women's Hockey World League Round 2: United States, Scotland post big wins
Top-seed and world number ten, United States eves overcame a scratchy first half to outplay 51st ranked hosts Brazil 6-0 in the fourth and final women’s Hockey World League Round 2 tournament, which got underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
United States played below their ability in the opening stages. No doubt, they had more of the possession, but their forwards were unable to create any clear cut chances.
United States muffed up an opportunity to go ahead in the 3rd minute when Michelle Kasold missed the target.
Claire Laubach and Rachel Dawson threatened the Brazilian goal close to half time, but goalkeeper Lisandra de Souza put up a splendid show under the cage, which played a big role in their side holding United States to a goalless draw at half-time.
Claire Laubach brought some relief to the United States camp when she whipped home a potent penalty corner in the 40th minute.
USA enhanced the lead after a number of goalmouth melees through Melissa Gonzales, after she smashed home a rebound in the 47th minute following an initial shot on goal which hit the foot of a defender, only for the umpire to play advantage.
USA notched up their third goal in the 51st minute when Katie Reinprecht came up with a smart deflection.
Katie O’Donnell soon made it 4-0 when she made the most of a cross from Rachel Dawson.
Claire Laubach scored United States’ fifth goal and her second of the match five minutes from the final hooter with another penalty corner drag flick.
Torrie Albini completed the last rites, tapping in a pass from Katie O’Donnell as United States lived up to their billing, posting a 6-0 victory.
In another match, 18th ranked Chile humbled 50th ranked Uruguay 2-0.
Chile started proceedings on a bright note when they drew first blood in the 3rd minute. Andrea Greene bludgeoned home a cross from the right flank by Carolina Garcia.
Chile enjoyed possession for most part but Uruguay did show intent on the fast breaks without posing any real threat to the Chilean shot stopper Claudia Schuler.
Chile consolidated the lead midway through the first half through Josepha Villalabeitia, who put the ball into the Uruguay cage after goal-tender Rosanna Passele pulled off a fine save.
Chile led 2-0 at the break.
Chile continued to hold strong in the second half. They forced as many as four penalty corners, but failed to profit from them.
Uruguay created some chances – they earned their first short corner but failed to capitalize on it.
In the last match of the day, 19th ranked Scotland drubbed Trinidad & Tobago 7-0. Nikki Kidd struck for Scotland, before Vikki Bunce made it 2-0. Ali Bell sounded the board twice as Scotland took a 4-0 lead at the break.
Catriona Ralph banged home a penalty corner goal to score Scotland’s fifth goal early in the second half.
Nikki Kidd scored her second of the match and her team’s sixth goal before Holly Cram notched up the team’s seventh goal.