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BULLETIN: Aug. 11, 2017 — Chile 4, USA 3

Denise Krimerman, unlike a number of Chilean field hockey players of recent vintage, has taken the usual road to the national team. She prepped for her national team career playing in Chile while attending Universidad del Desarrollo in Concepcion.

Krimerman has also has scored a number of important goals in her life, including game-winners in the World League and in last year’s Junior World Cup, hosted by her home nation.

The attacking midfielder scored a brace in this evening’s Pan American Cup semifinal match, including the game-winner in the 60th minute, to defeat the United States 4-3.

The States had actually tied the game seconds before Krimerman’s game-winner, but made a couple of mental errors. One was that they had an uncharacteristic let-down after leveling the match with about a minute and a half to go. The other was that the defense didn’t mark Krimerman, one of the few people the American defense needed to seal off in order to win.

The Chilean win was significant on several levels. It was the first win by the Red Fury in a full international match. The win also kept Chile’s dream alive for a World Cup berth, which can be cashed in on Sunday evening.

But what this does is relegate the United States to the bronze-medal match against Canada. The U.S. team has never finished below second in the history of the Pan Am Cup, and the last time the women’s national field hockey team has finished outside of the championship match was the 1991 Pan American Games.

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