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Canada runs away from Puerto Rico, finishes undefeated in pool play at 2015 Pan Am Games
For the 2nd straight day, Canada' s women’s water polo team handily dispatched an overmatched opponent a t the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games . Playing their third game in three days, the Canadians showed no signs of fatigue in a 19-5 victory over Puerto Rico at the Markham Pan Am / Parapan Am Centre.
Canada’s depth was simply too much for Puerto Rico, just as it was for Venezuela on Wednesday. Nine different players scored for Canada, with Christine Robinson leading the way with four markers of her own. Canada’s depth often results in their opponents getting worn down as the game reaches its later stages and helps explain why Canada has been the stronger 2 nd half team in all three of their games.

The win against Puerto Rico leaves Canada with an undefeated 2-1-0 record in pool play; unfortunately, that probably will not be enough to win the group. Brazil and Canada are extremely likely to end up tied at the end of pool play as Brazil will be a heavy favourite in their final group game against Puerto Rico. Canada and Brazil played to a draw and so if they were to end up tied in the standings, the overall tie-breaker would be goal differential in their other group games. Brazil defeated Venezuela 18-1 and so if Brazil is able to beat Puerto Rico by eight goals or more, Brazil w ill win group B. If that happens, Canada will be left with a semi-final match against the #1 ranked team in the world, the United States.

Canada knew that would likely have to go through the U.S. at some point to earn the gold medal so the players have prepared accordingly. Despite the past two blow-outs, they also understand that they need to clean up some parts of their game if they want to beat the U.S.

“We missed some opportunities that we’ll have to go over because those are things that won’t work against the U.S. There’s some little things we need to work on, simple things, like passing and finishing the opportunities that we get – Joelle Bekhazi, driver, Team Canada, on preparing for a likely semi-final match against the U.S.

Canada will know for sure who their semi-final opponent will be after the last round of preliminary games on Saturday. The semi-finals will be held Sunday, July 12 th , at 18:00 EST and 20:00 EST at the Markham Pan Am Centre.



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