Argentina Women’s Hockey team outbid Belgium in their opening Pro League match

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Dragflick Newsdesk : The Leonas were out in fine form as they dropped Belgium 3-1 in front of a roaring home crowd. Eugenia Trinchinetti’s pair of goals lead the way for the home side, while Maria Granatto, recently Pan American Cup’s Player of the Tournament, netted the game-winner. Skipper Alix Geniers was the lone Belgian scorer in the match.

After the game Trinchinetti said:

‘We think that the key was that we kept on trying to play our game. We know that Belgium is a really good team and their defence is really good so we are going to see the video of this match and prepare for tomorrow.’

Trinchinetti opened the scoring in the 10th minute on a back-hand shot from the baseline that was deflected past keeper Elena Sotgiu by defender Vanessa Blockmans. Belgium was able to respond minutes later on a penalty corner.

Stephanie vanden Borre’s low drag was perfectly redirected up into the mesh by Gerniers to level the game 1-1. The game continued to trade opportunities despite possession tipping in favour of Argentina. The Leonas thought they found their go-ahead but vanden Borre was on the line to bravely steer away an Agustina Gorzelany drag flick before half time.

There were several exchanges of brilliance through the third quarter. Belgium defence were gritty in their effort and stood up well to the crafty Argentine offence.

It was not until the final quarter that Argentina was able to breathe. Granatto lifted the Leonas 2-1 as she deflected a Gorzalany penalty corner flick in the 55th minute. Trinchinetti sealed the win in the 58th minute as she buried the ball that rebounded high off Aisling D’Hooghe’s glove.

After the game Gerniers said:

‘The three first quarters were quite okay but then we let go a bit in the last quarter and I think we are quite disappointed about the result. We need to see the video and see what we can do better and tomorrow is another day and another game.’

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