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Canadian women fall to Olympic champions in Barcelona

Montréal, July 23, 2013 (Sportcom)
– Up against the Olympic champion American squad, the Canadian women’s water polo team lost 10-8, Tuesday, in their second match of the preliminary round at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Despite the loss, Montrealer Dominique Perreault was the star of the match, scoring three goals. Emma Wright beat American goaltender Elizabeth Armstrong on two occasions, while Krystina Alogbo, Joëlle Bekhazi and Stéphanie Valin scored a goal each. In nets for the Canadians, Michèle Relton, managed 3 saves on 13 shots against.

Katrina Monton, Monika Eggens, Sophie Baron La Salle, Carmen Eggens, Christine Robinson, Marina Radu and Nicola Colterjohn (substitute goalie) made up the rest of the squad who currently sit with a record of 1-1.

“We came out with a lot of energy, but unfortunately we struggled with our execution early on in the match. We got ourselves back in the contest by taking our energy level up a notch. In the end, we simply ran out of time to finish off the comeback,” Perreault, who led both teams in goals, commented.

The Americans were the aggressors early on, rapidly building a comfortable 4-0 lead. The score stayed the same until Perreault got one back for the Canadians at the end of the first quarter. It was 6-3 for the eventual winners at halftime, a lead that grew to 9-5 by the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Rejuvenated after their slow start, the Canadians began to mount a comeback. With 5:43 left, Joëlle Bekhazi got on the scoreboard with a penalty shot, a goal that would end up being the final marker of the contest. From that point on the Americans blanketed the Canadians with a smothering defense, holding on for a 10-8 victory.

“We accomplished a lot of good things today, but there’s still a few things we need to work on to get us to that next level. We know how to attack and defend, but the Americans were able to capitalize on their scoring chances at opportune moments,” The Montreal-native elaborated.

Assistant coach and ex-national team member Johanne Bégin also sees encouraging signs on the squad, with their next game coming against Greece on Thursday.

“We’re not happy with the final result, but at least we can take some solace in the fact that we finished really strong. Hopefully we can build on that late run, and come out with a similar intensity in our next match.”



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