U.S. field hockey fights in Pan Am Cup

Updated: February 8, 2009, 6:47 PM ET
Associated Press

HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The United States struggled to a 2-0 win over Chile on Sunday at the Pan American Cup women's field hockey tournament, a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup.

First-half goals from Keli Smith and captain Carrie Lingo were enough for the U.S. to beat a competitive Chile in a high-tempo game.

"We have a good rivalry with Chile," Lingo said. "A lot of the girls have played alongside each other in college, so it's always fun to go out and play them.

"As with most of the teams here, everyone has all the fight in them, and so you just have to keep playing until you hear the buzzer."

In other matches Sunday, Argentina got two goals from Noel Barrionuevo in a 4-0 victory over Canada. Argentina is almost assured of top spot in Pool B, with just one game left against host Bermuda, which lost 7-1 to Trinidad and Tobago.

Mexico beat Jamaica 4-1 for its first win in the tournament.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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