The tournament kicked into action again on Tuesday as all but two teams had a rest day on the Monday. Tuesday’s games were crucial as it was the last opportunity for teams to get a win before the re-seeding. In Pool A, the games would decide who would be number one overall seed with hosts Canada taking on the other unbeaten team in the group USA. England also faced Australia with both teams with a record of one win and two losses.
Scotland v Korea
Scotland had a late morning start against South Korea with the Canadian sun blazing down onto the field. The South Koreans scored took the lead from their first attack of the game, putting the Scots on the back foot. Scotland soon answered back and started dominating possession around the fan, with wave after wave of attack, South Korea kept giving up fouls. With so many opportunities to score, Scotland came up against the South Korean goalie with quick reflexes saved her team time after time. Scotland started finding their flow and made it difficult for the opposition to clear scoring a number of goals from turnovers by the restrainer. South Korea managed to score another goal in the first half but as Scotland dominated possession the goals also started going in, with seven different scorers, Ellie Bygroves leading the way with 3 in the half.
Scotland started the second half 10-2 up and Lizzie Gill, running the ball from the halfway line all the way to goal started what would be a twelve goal scoring run for the Scots. The Scottish Midfield frustrated the South Koreans, not letting them get out of the half and turning over the ball. The game continued to be one way traffic, with Scotland limiting South Korea to just one phase of attack, while at the other end, Scotland often settled the ball, made passes before going to goal. Scotland dominated the game with thirteen different scorers to finish with a score of 22-2.
Scotland finish second in Pool D and will have a take on an inform Japan team.
USA v Canada
The final game of the Pool competition was a highlight game as it would decide who would finish with number one overall seed. It was also between the two top teams with no losses and featured the host nation. The stadium was full as the local supporters came to watch as well as almost all the other competing teams.
USA opened the scoring first with just over a minute of play and would go on to dominate the first half with possession and attack. A combination of attacking prowess, a hard midfield ride and immense pressure when Canada had the ball meant that USA restricted Canada to just one goal while scoring eight without answer. Canada having to play a lot of defence, picked up numerous fouls including two yellow cards which did not help the cause, especially as USA Katrina Dowd was on fire scoring some highlight reel goals.
With USA firing on all cylinders it would be hard to see Canada get back into the game as the few shots they had were saved, this half by Megan Huether. The American strategy of pressuring every ball gained them numerous turnovers and coupled with patient play in attack forcing Canada to defend for long periods meant they controlled the game. Dowd continued to impress, varying her goals, including having time to fake out Katie Donohoe in goal for Canada as well as scoring with a one handed wrap-around the post goal. Canada did manage to score another consolation goal but the USA wrapped up the game with two more goals. It will be hard for anyone to take down an impressive USA team, with do it all players throughout the field they managed to limit a very good Canadian team to just 2 goals in a 13-2 win.
Results Sunday 14th:
- Scotland 22 – 2 South Korea
- Ireland 6 – 18 Germany
- New Zealand 20 – 2 Netherlands
- Israel 11 – 12 (OT) Japan
- Finland 6 – 4 Latvia
- Austria 2 – 22 Haudenosaunee
- England 6 – 11 Australia
- Hong Kong Sweden
- USA 13 – 2 Canada