STORRS, Conn. – Former UConn standout Melissa Gonzalez and the No. 4 USA Women’s National Team captured a bronze medal at the PAN American Cup with a 2-1 victory against Canada on Wednesday night.
With their only loss coming to silver medalist Chile, the USWNT posted a 3-1-1 record during the games. Gonzalez, who serves as the team’s captain, started all five matches and was a key contributor to the squads’ strong defense. During the games, USA outscored their opponents 20-7, and was tied for the largest goal differential, 13, of any team in the tournament.
The USWNT found themselves facing a familiar foe in the bronze medal game, as the team previously tied with Canada, 1-1, early in pool play. The team knew it would be a tough competition and fought hard until the end. Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, USA fought with resilience and strung together back-to-back goals off a pair of penalty corners to secure the, 2-1, win.
Down by one with less than 15 minutes to play, Canada landed themselves a penalty corner and their best chance to knot the game. Their chance was quickly spoiled when Gonzalez, the flyer, blocked the shot clean and cleared the ball out of USA’s defensive circle.
The next major competition for the U.S. Women’s National Team is the FIH Hockey World League Final in Auckland, New Zealand from November 17-26, 2017. Continue to follow usafieldhockey.com for all things