Second loss for Guyana in Pan Am Hockey Cup

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By Avenash Ramzan

Guyana’s Women suffered a second defeat in two games on Day One of the Indoor Pan American Hockey Cup on Friday in the USA.

After a morale-deflating 20-2 loss at the hands of defending champions and top ranked USA earlier in the day, Guyana succumbed 14-0 to Argentina, the runners-up the last time the tournament was held in 2017 in Guyana.

Eight Argentina players got on the scoresheets, led by a helmet-trick from Julia Gomes. Trio Carina Guzman, Romina Zanni and Luciana Agudo netted a double each, while Mario Nimo, Lara Irianni, Maria Berola and Juliana Ferreyra Rios added a single strike apiece.

Guyana is missing three key players – the experienced Sonia Jardine with an ankle injury and skipper captain Gabriella Xavier and goalkeeper Alysa Xavier, who have both tested positive for COVID-19.

Short on resources, the team manager had to take up the slack between the uprights, further throwing Guyana’s pre-tournament plans into disarray.

Guyana will next play on Saturday, against Canada at 11:30h, followed by a clash against Uruguay at 16:00h. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with the third place playoff and final.

Summary of Day One games:

Canada and Uruguay drew 1-1

USA defeated Guyana 20-2

Argentina and Uruguay drew 2-2

USA defeated Canada 5-4

Argentina defeated Guyana 14-0

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