Heading into their final game of round robin play against Venezuela at the 2015 Parapan Am Games, Canada’s Para Team already knew that they would be playing for the bronze medal on Saturday.
All that remained to be decided was who their opponent would be. A United States loss earlier in the day handed Canada a spot in the bronze medal game and meant Venezuela could join the Canadians with a win or a draw.
Venezuela got the draw they needed as they pegged back a one goal Canadian lead with the two teams playing to a 1:1 draw at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields on the campus of the University of Toronto.
Sam Charron scored his third goal of the tournament to give Canada the lead early in the second half with Venezuela veteran Asdrubal Olivares tying the game midway through the second half.
It was a very even game between the two teams as neither side was able to carve open much in the way of scoring chances with each side only mustering a scattering of shots.
Just seconds after the interval, however, Charron continued his hot scoring was as he gave Canada the lead in the 31st minute.
Had that result held up, it would have been a Canada-United States encounter for bronze on Saturday but Olivares got things level in the 47th minute.
Venezuela will be an interesting adversary for Canada on Saturday. They started slowly with losses to Brazil and Argentina (who play for the Gold Medal on Saturday) but then followed that up with well-earned draws with USA and Canada.
Saturday’s game takes place at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields on Saturday at 9.00 ET / 6.00 PT with the Gold Medal game between Brazil and Argentina taking place at 11.00 ET / 8.00 PT.