Canada’s Para Team faced a daunting task as they kicked off competition at the 2015 Parapan Am Games. Facing Argentina, the sixth ranked team in the world, the 10th ranked Canadians put in a solid performance but fell to a 3:1 result.
Argentina scored twice in the first half as Mariano Cortes scored early and Rodrigo Lugrin scored late in the half. But Canada came back strong in the second half as Sam Charron scored his ninth career goal for Canada. But as Canada pressed for the equalizer, Romano Fernandez scored with six minutes remaining.
While he’s usually a forward with Canada, Trevor Stiles started in goal and made some fine saves in the first half.
After an early chance that Canada’s Viro Proietti couldn’t convert, Argentina came back the other way to take the lead. Cortes’ shot took a deflection en route to goal and there was nothing Stiles could do to keep that one out.
After Lugrin scored on one of the last kicks of the first half, Matt Brown went in goal as Stiles assumed his usual spot in the attack and it spurred Canada to life.
Though they had chances aplenty, especially in the opening minutes of the second half, it wasn’t until the 42nd minute that Charron slotted his low shot into the perfect spot that got Canada on the board. The goal completed a nice build-up play where Stiles flicked the ball onto Charron who made a great run and he confidently scored his breakaway.
Canada pressed for the equalizer, and though they had 10 corner kicks throughout the game and 12 shots on target overall, they just couldn’t find an equalizer.
Argentina didn’t create much offence in the second half, but the made the most of their few chances. The insurance goal came when Fernandez held off Canadian defenders and scored on a nice right-footed effort from close range.
Canada has the chance to quickly shrug off this defeat as they’ll be right back in action on Sunday as they take on the USA at 11.00 local time at the Pan Am Parapan Am Fields on the campus of the University of Toronto.