The Argentine women’s field hockey team, Las Leonas, won the title of the discipline’s Pan-American Cup on Saturday night, beating their pair from Chile in the final, 4-2, in the decisive match developed in the capital Santiago.
The team led by Fernando Ferrara, who had already achieved the main goal of qualifying for the 2023 Spain-Netherlands World Cup, prevailed with goals scored by María José Granatto (1st quarter, 15m. and 4th quarter, 12m.), Agustina Albertarrio (3rd quarter, , 9m.) and Agustina Gorzelany (4th quarter, 8m.).
The Chilean representative, who is led by the Argentine DT Sergio ‘Cacho’ Vigil and also got the quota for the ecumenical appointment (for the first time in its history), discounted through Denise Krimerman (3rd quarter, 2m. and 4th quarter, 3m.).
The last Olympic runner-up in Tokyo 2021 resolved the match in his favor in the final stretch, when Gorzelany unbalanced with a drag, derived from a short corner.
END | ?? ARG 4-2 CHL ??
? 15′ M. Granatto (ARG)
? 32′ D. Krimerman (CHL)
? 39′ A. Albertarrio (ARG)
? 48′ D. Krimerman (CHL)
? 53′ A. Gorzelany (ARG)
? 57′ M. Granatto (ARG)
CHAMPIONS LIONESS ????
– Leonas Hockey ARG (@LeonasHockeyARG) January 29, 2022
The Lionesses had beaten Canada 3-0 in one of the semifinals, while the Chileans did it for the ‘Australian penalties’ (shoot outs) to the United States (2-0), after having tied 1-1 in the regular period.
Victories of the Lionesses
The Argentine national teams won the five editions of the Pan American Cup: Kingston, Jamaica, 2001; Bridgetown, Barbados, 2004; Hamilton, Bermuda, 2009; Mendoza 2013 and Lancaster, United States, 2017.
The albiceleste team, world champion in Perth, Australia, 2002 and Rosario 2010, also won three silver medals in ecumenical competitions: Mandelieu, France, 1974; Berlin, Germany, 1976 and Dublin, Ireland, 1994, and three bronze medals: Madrid, Spain, 1978 and 2006; in addition to The Hague, Holland, 2014.
Argentina won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, as well as in Sydney 2000 and London 2012, while it won bronze in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.