FIH Pro League; India women’s hockey team thrashes the USA, finishes third in the maiden season

India’s veteran striker Vandana Katariya scored a brace as India thrashed the USA 4-0 to secure third place in their debut FIH Pro League season. A dominating performance of the Indian Women’s hockey team could be seen at the FIH Pro League on June 22, India Today reported.

The Indians had earlier defeated USA 4-2 in the first match of the double header on June 21. Striker Vandana Katariya (39th, 54th) scored a brace, while Sonika (54th) and Sangita Kumari (58th) sounded the board once for India. In total, India scored three goals in the final six minutes.

India started with confidence, they created a number of chances including earning three penalty corners, in the first half but India’s Sharmila Devi wasted a golden opportunity as she failed to beat the USA goalkeeper from close range. However, India finished with 30 points. Fourth-placed Belgium has 22 points, with two games in hand. Argentina has already claimed the title. 

Argentina has already won the title with the Netherlands finishing second. The USA started the match on a bright note and secured the first chance of the match as early as the second minute, but Elizabeth Yeager’s high shot was easily saved by India’s skipper and goalkeeper Savita. 

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Indian captain Savita Punia stood firm in front of the goal post as usual and made several saves. The confident captain wants to make a personal mark as he leads India to the World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1. 

Appreciations were flowing to the social media account of the women’s hockey team saying, “goals until the very last second”, “they made it happen just 30 minutes away from second,”.