USA men and Mexico women have marched into Round 2 of the Hockey World League courtesy of comprehensive victories over their Pan American rivals.
Both the men and women were in unstoppable form as they racked up huge scores in their respective competitions.
In the women’s event, Mexico’s Michel Navarro was out and out top scorer as she found the back of the net 13 times, while her compatriots Marlet Correa and Arlette Estrada both scored six goals apiece. That Mexico dominated the goal scoring statistics is not surprising – they scored 46 goals in four games.
It was a hockey event to savour for the home crowd at Salamanca as the host nation hit the ground running with a 18-0 win over Guatemala. They followed this up with a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, who finished the event as runners-up.
The format meant teams played each other twice and Mexico just got better, putting 21 past Guatemala in the second meeting of the teams.
In the final match of the competition, Trinidad and Tobago did manage to break the Mexican’s defence as Teresa Lezama scored from a penalty corner but the Calypso Stick Women eventually lost 4-1, as Correa, Navarro and Estrada (2) all found the target.
The final standings were Mexico (1), Trinidad and Tobago (2) and Guatemala (3).
USA men were equally ruthless in front of goal with William Holt topping the goal scorers’ table on 11 goals – seven from penalty corners. The competition format was a round robin followed by cross-over finals.
In the opening game, the USA got off to a solid start with a 3-1 win over Barbados but it was the second match of the day that got the home crowd cheering as Mexico hammered seven goals past Guatemala.
Mexico and USA played out a competitive game on day two, with Mexico holding off the USA attack until the final 20 minutes of the game. USA eventually ran out 2-0 winners, courtesy of goals from Holt and Paul Singh.
Barbados were also finding their form, moving to second place in the table thanks to an 11-0 win over Guatemala and a 2-1 win against Mexico. Akeem Rudder and Neil Franklin were on target in that game, with Rudder joint second highest goal scorer over all, alongside Mexico’s Ivan Arballo.
In the crossover finals, Mexico sealed third place with a 14-0 win over Guatemala, while USA won 6-1 against Barbados, with three goals from Holt and a further goal apiece from Singh, Ajai Dhadwal and Manny Martinez. Barbados scored a consolation goal from a Neil Franklin penalty stroke.
USA coach Chris Clements posted a very satisfied tweet after the final, saying simply: “Mission accomplished.” Earlier in the day he had said that he was delighted with his team’s performance, adding: “We scored some high quality goals with several different goal scorers. We will look to take this momentum forward.”
The final men's standings were USA (1), Barbados (2), Mexico (3) and Guatemala (4).