USA Field Hockey NEWS 2009 Pan Am Cup

2009 Pan Am Cup

Feb. 15, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)

The USA Field Hockey Women's National Team fell to Argentina, 7-6 in penalty strokes, after a 2-2 draw through regulation and extra time in the finals of the 2009 Pan Am Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda. Argentina, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalists, automatically qualify for the 2010 World Cup.


29' - Carrie Lingo (PC)
64' - Carrie Lingo (FG)


"Argentina retained the Pan American Cup title after defeating the USA 7-6 in a penalty stroke shoot out.

A hesitating clearance from USA keeper, Amy Tran, resulted in a loose ball which Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi converted for the 1-0 lead in the 9th minute. The USA was more aggressive of the two teams and applied consistent pressure in Argentina’s defensive half. Argentina played a more counter-attack game, making the quick plays to keep the game competitive and interesting. As the first half wound down, USA got the equalizer for a well executed penalty corner off a deflected shot from captain Carrie Lingo in the 29th minute.

In the second half, Argentina seemed to have regained the lead as they got the ball across the USA goal line but the umpire called an infringement against the Argentines, who protested. The umpire consulted with her fellow umpire and reversed the decision. Captain Rosario Luchetti was credited for the goal which put Argentina 2-1 up in the 39th minute. Argentina then took control of the game but in the 64th minute Lingo got the equalizer from a beautifully deflected field goal.

A late minute surge from the USA resulted in two penalty corners, but Argentina’s keeper Laura Aladro denied the USA with some spectacular saves and regulation time ended two goals apiece.

In the fifteen minutes of extra time, both teams had near misses but none could administer the final blow. At the end of extra time the score remained tied at 2-2 and the game needed to be settled with a penalty-stroke competition.

Both teams scored 4 out of their first 5 strokes, and it is only in the eighth shot that the deadlock was finally broken, giving Argentina the win after a game that could have gone either way. " -- Report by Sherlan Cabralis, PAHF Media Officer

USA protested the result of the sudden death penalty stroke.
The protest was overruled by the Tournament Director.
USA submitted an appeal of the TD decision.
The appeal was denied by the Jury of Appeal.
Penalty Strokes
Argentina Argentina USA USA
Noel Barrionuevo X Dina Rizzo 0
Rosario Luchetti 0 Kayla Bashore X
Ines Arrondo X Rachel Dawson X
Gabriela Aguirre X Caroline Nichols X
Carla Rebecchi X Tiffany Snow X
Sudden Death Penalty Strokes
Noel Barrionuevo X Caroline Nichols X
Rosario Luchetti X Tiffany Snow X
Ines Arrondo X Rachel Dawson 0