India women's hockey team suffered a hard-fought 2-3 defeat against dominant Argentina 'B' in their latest encounter on the ongoing Argentina tour.
For Argentina 'B', goals were scored by Sol Pagela (25'), Constanza Cerundolo (38') and Agustina Gorzelany (39') while for Salima Tete (6') and Gurjit Kaur (42') scored for India.
In the first quarter on Sunday, it was India who got off to a flying start winning a penalty corner in the first minute. An intentional foul by Argentina while defending the penalty corner led to the visiting side being awarded a penalty stroke.
Unfortunately for India, the goal was saved. Without letting this missed opportunity slow their rhythm, the Indian team struck in the 6th minute through young Tete who has been in good nick this tour.
"We had a very good start to the match and though we couldn't score off the penalty stroke, we were able to convert after a good interception in the 6th minute. In the first quarter, we were in control and kept a check on Argentina but the second quarter, they upped their game," explained head coach Sjoerd Marijne.
A slump in India's defence in the second quarter was well-capitalised by the experienced home team. Sol Pagela's 25th minute goal equalised the scoreline to 1-1. But the game tilted in their favour when India gave away two goals in the 38th and 39th minute.