Indian women's hockey team beat Canada 5-2 to record a second victory in their USA tour in Pennsylvania today. Deepika Thakur and Vandana Katariya scored two goals each for the team, while Poonam Rani added one more before the end of the match. India will next play Canada tonight.
Starting quickly off the blocks India were dominant in the early exchanges, pushing Canada on the defensive. The Eves won a PC early in the first
Canada came out quicker in the second quarter and scored the equaliser via a Stephanie Norlander PC conversion in the 17th minute. Over the course of the quarter, India stoically defended several of Canada’s PCs and ensured they went into half time level at 1 goal apiece.
The two teams came out all guns blazing in the second half; Canada dominating the ball in midfield as India looked to play on the counter. It was the latter’s tactics that worked, though. A quick press led to Deepika scoring their second to take the lead in the 38th minute. Canada equalised via a Brienne Stairs goal in the 42nd minute. With little time left in the third quarter, a host of chances fell to both sides with their respective goalkeepers put to the test. Canada’s PC was bravely denied by Savita in India’s
In the final
Reeling from the double blow, Canada tried to string together some possession and take control of the game, but India never truly let them back in it. Poonam Rani scored a fifth in the 58th minute to consolidate a second consecutive victory for India on the tour.
Report Courtesy : © Hockey India Media