It’s said, at the end of many advertising pitches for investments, “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
The United States junior national field hockey program has developed numerous players who were on the U.S. senior national team which finished fourth in the most recent FIH World Cup, but there have been times when the results have left you scratching your head in wonderment.
Today was one such instance. In the gold-medal match of the Pan-American Hockey Federation tournament, the qualifier for this fall’s Junior World Cup, the States held a high-powered Argentina side to a goal by the interval, but wilted in the Trinidad and Tobago heat and yielded five without reply in the second half.
The 6-0 loss was the worst the United States has suffered in a junior world-level competition since an 8-2 loss to China in the seventh-place match of the 2009 Junior World Cup in Boston. The game was one in which the Chinese had an 8-0 lead.
Both the U.S. and Argentina had constructed enormous goal-differentials coming through group play and the elimination rounds, but the Albicelestes showed that there was still an enormous gulf in class between the two sides, especially in the second term. Argentina forced Kelsey Bing, the senior at Houston St. John’s (Texas), to come up with several outstanding saves on the day, but it wasn’t enough.
The teams had already qualified two days ago for the Junior World Cup, but it will be interesting to see what American team shows up down there, given the fact that the 2016 NCAA championship game will be played a scant three days before the World Cup begins Nov. 23rd.