8th Men's Pan American Junior Championship - Day 7

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Chile, USA and defending champions Argentina all reached the semi finals of the 8th Men’s Pan American Junior Championship after an eventful day seven in Cuba.

Match Reports by Graciela H. Ortiz, PAHF Media Officer
For results, standings, team lists and other information from the tournament, visit the Pan American Hockey Federation website.

Chile 5 defeated Canada 2
Goals: Chile - Alexis Berczely 24m 38m 61m, Cristián Zarhi 66m, Sebastián Kapsch 68m; Canada - Richard Hildreth 30m, David Jameson 37m

In an exciting match, Chile defeated Canada to reach the semifinals of the eighth men's Junior Pan-American Championship at the Antonio Maceo stadium in Santiago de Las Vegas, 25 kilometres South of La Havana.

This tournament will qualify the top three for the World Championship to take place from June 29 to July 10 in Rotterdam, Holland.

Chile will have to wait until Wednesday to know their rival in semifinals as it will depend on the results of the matches that México, Canada and Trinidad & Tobago will play that day.

On Tuesday, Chile was the more dominant team from the start, while Canada tried to counter-attack. However, the South Americans created the best attacks, getting three penalty corners to reach their rivals circle with some danger.

However more than 20 minutes passed before Chile reflected their dominance in the scoreboard with the South Americans opening the scoring in the 24th minute from a penalty corner by Alexis Berczely.

Canada took control of play in the last minutes of the first half to equalise through Richard Hildreth five minutes before the break.

Although Canada surprised Chile only two minutes from the re-start to take a 2-1 lead through their captain David Jameson, a minute later Berczely again converted a penalty corner to draw his team level.

The second half was evenly contested with tight marking and a good defensive performance from both sides.

Chile definitively took control of play in the last 10 minutes of the match when they gained a 3-2 lead in the 61st minute through another penalty corner by Berczely's.

From then on, the Chilean kept the pace until the final whistle, scoring twice with goals by Cristián Zarhi (66th minute) and Sebastián Kapsch two minutes before the full time after a wonderful solo effort.

USA 2 defeated Cuba 1
Goals: USA - Daniel Jordan 4m, Patrick Harris 41m; Cuba - Orlando Quirola 34m

USA also reached the semi finals after defeating Cuba 2-1 in one the most anticipated matches of the tournament.

United States surprised Cuba with an early goal in the fourth minute after a fast break by Daniel Jordan who netted the 1-0 lead for the North Americans.

From then on, Cuba's dominance completely overwhelmed USA throughout the pitch.

The hosts produced continue scoring chances, but showed lack of accuracy in front of goal, especially through penalty corners as they failed to capitalised on the six they achieved. However, from one of them they got a penalty stroke when a Cuban player was blocked inside the circle when he was ready to hit. Thus, they equalized through Orlando Quirola, a minute before half-time.#

The second half was similar to the first as USA took an early lead six minutes from the restart by captain Patrick Harris from a penalty corner.

As in the first half, Cuba reacted persigna hard the US, though this time, the visitors could take advantage of the counter-attack, getting some penalty corners, well defended by the local side.

Cuba played the last minutes of the match with two less men when Walberto Olivares and Yasmani Gutiérrez were shown yellow cards due to rough play and an intentional foul.

Argentina 14 Barbados 1
Goals: Pedro Ibarra 5m 9m 12m 38m, Tomás Alonso 33m 41m 51m 68m, Facundo Callioni 19m 48m, Juan Manuel Saladino 10m 57m, Lucas Vila 21m, Mariano Tisera 30m

Argentina had no problems controlling their rivals from the beginning of their clash against Barbados to overwhelm the Caribbean’s 14-1 and reach the semi finals.

With four goals by Pedro Ibarra (in the fifth, ninth, 12th and 38th minutes); four from Tomás Alonso (in the 33rd, 41st, 51st and 68th); two through Facundo Callioni (19th and 48th); two by Juan Manuel Saladino (10th and 57th) and the rest netting by Lucas Vila (in the 21st minute) and Mariano Tisera, in the 30th, Argentina obtained a new victory, this time, against Barbados by 14-1 in the last qualifying match of the Group A in the eighth Men's Pan-American Junior Championship at the Antonio Maceo stadium in Santiago de Las Vegas, 25 kilometres South of La Habana, on Tuesday.

With this result, Argentina finished unbeaten at the top of Group A but will have to wait until Wednesday to know their rivals in the semi finals.

The South Americans earned 10 penalty corners in the first half from which they netted four goals through a powerful dragged shot by Ibarra and the other through Alonso.

Despite of the eight goals scored during the first 35 minutes, the Argentines missed many scoring chances.

Argentina slowed their rhythm after half-time, while Barbados did not give up reaching the South American circle with some danger. However, the Argentine back row and keeper Mariano Ghezzi stopped them well.

But it's necessary to pointing out Barbados' fighting spirit. Then, in the 57th minute, a shot by Ron Phillips hit Argentina's right post, and three minutes later, Barbados closed the gap from a penalty stroke by Jamar Small.

Day 8 Matches
Pool B Puerto Rico v Canada, 9am
Pool B Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 11am
Pool B Chile vs. Venezuela, 2pm