The Indian Senior Women’s team triumphed over Chile in the final of the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 here. The teams were locked in a 1-1 stalemate at the end of regulation time, but in the shootout, the seasoned Savita came up with a stunning display of goalkeeping to ensure India emerged victorious.
Despite conceding an early goal in the 5th minute to Maria Maldonado, the Indian women stayed focused on their aims. They came up with good defensive structure to keep Chile from scoring again. Though India earned their first PC in the 22nd minute, the effort was saved by keeper Claudia Schuler. Chile continued to stay in lead until the third quarter when Anupa Barla successfully converted a penalty corner in the 41st minute to equalise.
Savita, who was adjudged the Goalkeeper of The Tournament, was outstanding under the bar as she denied scoring chances to Kim Jacob and Josefa Villalabeitia which gave India a head start in the shootout. Skipper Rani and Monika took India’s score to 2-0 with two successive goals in shootout. Though Carolina Garcia scored in Chile’s third attempt, India’s Deepika converted India’s third goal to win the match.
The fourth quarter saw both teams push for a goal and India striker Rani came close to converting a field goal in the dying minute of the match but her strong backhand shot was saved by Claudia to end the regulation time with the score reading 1-1. “It was a very good match and we are happy with the way we played. Chile was a tough side to beat and we really had to keep ourselves motivated to keep pushing for a goal after they took an early lead. It was a challenging tournament for us with difficult weather conditions as it rained on a few days but we are extremely thrilled that we are through to the World League Semi Final,” expressed skipper Rani on winning the final.
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