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Talk the Talk World Cup Scouting Report: USA vs. India

July 28, 2018, 10:46 a.m. (ET)

In anticipation of tomorrow’s Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup match-up, here are a few details you’ll want to review before the starting whistle.

Game Day: Sunday, July 29, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Click Here

Opponent: India

FIH Hero World Ranking: 10

How they Qualified: India won gold at the Women’s Hockey Asia Cup 2017 in Kakamigahara, Japan earning them a direct qualification bid to the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.

Last Time the USA Played Them: The last time USA played India was at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in their fourth pool game. Coming off the helm of winning their first three over higher ranked teams, USA continued the momentum for a 3-0 victory. Katie Bam (Blue Bell, Pa.) opened the scoring in the 14th minute. It took until the 42nd minute for USA to tally another, through Bam, and the final score came in the 52nd minute when Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) drove it into the goal.

Prior to that, the two sides met at the Rio Send-Off Series held in Lancaster, Pa. The highly competitive match saw many USA scoring opportunities go unanswered as they fell to India 1-2. In the 14th minute, USA opened the scoring on their first penalty corner of the game when Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) delivered the ball to the reverse stick of Jill Funk (Lancaster, Pa.) who converted. It took a determined India team until the 45th minute to answer on a penalty corner of their own and take the lead ten minutes later.

What You Need to Know: India women’s hockey team has been making steady progress in the past few years, moving up the FIH Hero Hockey World Rankings as well as making the cut for the major events. ‘The Eves’ qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the back of a strong FIH Hockey World League campaign in 2015 and earned their place in London by claiming a superb title success in the Women’s Asia Cup continental championship.

Now ranked No.10 in the world, India will bring to London all the flair and style that the hockey-loving nation is famous for, plus the work ethic and structure that has developed as a result of their experiences at FIH Hockey World League and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In Rani, Savita, Deepika, Vandana Katariya and Deep Ekka they have masses of both talent and experience. If they hit form they are capable of hurting the very best teams competing in London.

Recap of India’s First Two Games:  On the opening day, India geared up to face host nation No. 2 England in front of a full house. In the 25th minute, the Eves struck first when Neha Goyal deflected home from close range to give them a 1-0 half time lead. With just six minutes until the end of regulation, England answered with the equalizer when India failed to effectively clear their lines from a penalty corner, as the match finished 1-1.

Their second game saw No. 16 Ireland score first off a penalty corner, but India was far from outplayed in the opening two quarters creating numerous chances but failing to seriously threaten. India had the better of the third quarter and own a trio of penalty corners, but again failed to make the most of their opportunities. Trailing heading into the final period, Ireland forced possession deep into their own territory for much of the quarter as the score finished 1-0 to the Green Army.

India Roster:

# Name Caps

1 Navjot Kaur 133

2 Gurjit Kaur  55

3 Deep Ekka  164

4 Monika 117

6 Reena Khokhar 14

8 Nikki Pradhan 69

11 Savita (GK) 169

13 Rajani Etimarpu (GK) 74

16 Vandana Katariya 201

17 Deepika  219

18 Udita 15

19 Namita Toppo 149

20 Lalremsiami 25

25 Navneet Kaur 40

26 Sunita Lakra 132

28 Rani (C) 13

31  Lilima Minz 116

32 Neha Goyal 36

 

Head Coach: Sjoerd Marijne

Assistant Coach: Erik Wonink

Team Manager: C. R. Kumar