Guyana's Minsodia Culpepper and Ulrica Sutherland shut down Puerto Rican Karoline Rosa Guyana's Minsodia Culpepper and Ulrica Sutherland shut down Puerto Rican Karoline Rosa

Hockey ladies draw with Puerto Rico

Written by  Tuesday, 07 November 2017 00:00

The Guyana female hockey team drew 0-0 against their second opponent, Puerto Rico, in their second encounter of the CAC games qualifier being held at the Mona UWI campus in Jamaica.  The game being played in the blistering midday Jamaican sun started off a bit shaky for the South Americans as their deep defenders and midfielders created several unforced errors.  Puerto Rico seemed the more threatening team in these opening minutes as a result but good recovery defending by Guyana, and especially defensive stalwart Ulrica Sutherland, kept the Puerto Ricans from testing Briawna Gordon in goal.

With the scores remaining tied at the half, both teams had enjoyed their share of possession with Guyana opting for short build-ups while Puerto Rico went for the direct long passes into the Guyana defensive area.  The second half saw a continuation of an even battle although the needle edged ever so slightly in Guyana’s favour.  Gabriella Xavier came the closest to scoring in the match but missed her shot just feet away from the goal line.  Xavier had a productive game for Guyana otherwise as did Marzana Fiedtkou, Maria Munroe and Marisha Fernandes.

The final 0-0 tie sees Guyana into second position in the pool behind hosts Jamaica with three matches remaining.  Guyana will face Jamaica next at 1:30PM Guyana time on Wednesday November 8th.

With the Guyanese men enjoying double rest day on Monday and Tuesday, they face Guatemala next at 3:30PM on November 8th.

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