India’s Women’s Hockey Team qualify for knockout stages
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team qualified for the next stage of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 as they played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against World No.7 USA in their third Pool B match here at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday. The Indian team displayed great character and a solid defensive structure throughout the match to earn the draw as Captain Rani (31’) cancelled out Margaux Paolino’s 11th-minute goal.
The Americans battled to a 1-1 tie with India. The U.S. team had to win that game to advance out of pool-play action.
India started the match on the front foot as they showed some quick passing, but had a scare in the 4th minute when their Captain Rani was forced off with a twisted ankle. The World No. 10 team won their first PC of the match in the 7th minute, but Gurjit Kaur’s flick was saved by USA’s Goalkeeper Jackie Briggs.
The Americans, who train at the nearby Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster County, finished with two ties and a loss in the tournament, as did India.
Margaux Paolino of Villanova scored for the U.S. squad.
and hold higher-ranked the United States of America to a 1-1 draw.
This draw enabled India too keep their campaign alive in the tournament and progress to the next round while USA crashed out of the event.
As per the rules of the tournament the top teams from the four pools progress directly to the quarterfinals while the second and third placed teams will feature in the cross overs to decide the remaining four spots of the last eight round.