The Indian ladies’s hockey staff suffered its second consecutive loss on the tour of Argentina, happening 2-3 to the hosts’ B aspect in an exhilarating conflict right here.
Salima Tete (sixth) and Gurjit Kaur (forty second) scored for India whereas Sol Pagela (twenty fifth), Constanza Cerundolo (thirty eighth), and Agustina Gorzelany (thirty ninth) registered their names on the scoresheet for the house aspect.
In the primary quarter, it was India who acquired off to a flying begin successful a Penalty Corner within the first minute. An intentional foul by Argentina whereas defending the PC led to the visiting aspect being awarded a penalty stroke.
Unfortunately for India, the objective was saved. Without letting this missed alternative gradual their rhythm, the vacationers struck within the sixth minute by the in-form Tete to take the lead.
“We had a very good start to the match and though we couldn’t score off the penalty stroke, we were able to convert after a good interception in the 6th minute. In the first quarter, we were in control and kept a check on Argentina but the second quarter, they upped their game,” stated chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
A hunch in India’s defence within the second quarter was well-capitalised by the skilled residence staff. Pagela’s twenty fifth minute objective equalized the scoreline to 1-1. But the sport tilted of their favour when India gave away two targets within the thirty eighth and thirty ninth minute.
“I believe these two goals could have been stopped. We had restricted their circle entries to just 5 in this quarter but allowed them to convert twice in those five attempts,” Marijne stated.
“Though Gurjit scored in the following minutes to reduce the lead by one goal, we missed some good scoring opportunities thereafter. I feel we were a bit too rushed in our pursuit to convert. We must do much better to win from Argentina in the next following matches,” he added.
India has examined their core group up to now 4 matches the place they secured two attracts (2-2, 1-1) and suffered two slim losses (1-2 and 2-3) within the ongoing tour.
In their upcoming matches this week, the Rani-led aspect will face the formidable world no.2 Argentina squad.
“In the upcoming four matches, we will field our best side to see what we can create against the World No.2 team. There have been good learnings from these four matches, and I want to see how our main team performs against them,” he stated.