Friday, 31 July 2009 21:33
Referees: Alan BALFANBAYEV (KAZ), Erhan TULGA (TUR).
Quarters: 2-1, 2-4, 1-0, 1-2
CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (4), Joelle BEKHAZI, Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT (1), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON, Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (1), Brittany HAYES, Brenda VILLA (1), Lauren WENGER (1), Tanya GANDY, Kelly RULON (2), Jessica STEFFENS, Elsie WINDES (1), Alison GREGORKA, Moriah VAN NORMAN, Kameryn CRAIG (1), Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.
The USA won a controversial gold-medal final 7-6 over Canada who had to play the last 3:43 without star captain ALOGBO for an apparent misconduct in a game where she sustained a injury after being struck in the face just before halftime. The first controversy occurred late in the second quarter when WINDES scored and was heavily guarded by ALOGBO, After she scored the goal, she sat up and allegedly struck ALOGBO with her right fist into the face.
She was lucky to escape a brutality foul but instead was sent for misconduct. She was
booed from the pool after the action replay on the big screen confirmed the indiscretion. The referees missed the fact that the USA needed to play one down for 20 seconds. Canada led at the first break after ALOGBO performed a magical trick at centre forward to score at will and prove she was one of the most decisive players at the tournament But the USA struck back with a vengeance in the second quarter with WENGER and VILLA taking the lead, the latter with a magnificent lob. The advantage swiftly returned Canada¹s way with PERREAULT on extra and CSIKOS from the penalty line. CRAIG confirmed her growing reputation as a two-metre player of note to level while WINDES etched her name into the game to see the USA at 5-4 ahead as she was sent to the stands. CSIKOS opened the second-half scoring on extra after a timeout ploy, It was the only score of the period.
Controversy hit fever pitch in the final quarter after Rulon took the USA ahead and CSIKOS converted a second penalty goal after a great draw by ALOGBO. The USA gained a penalty at 3:43 and RULON had the shot blocked by RIDDELL. In the process ALOGBO charged across to block RULON from gaining any rebound and was excluded for misconduct and a penalty re-awarded. The game¹s best player was out of the water. RULON netted the second time for 7-6. Canada called a timeout but had the resulting shot blocked and the USA was champion again.
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