Team Canada—featuring three Kelowna products—will play for the bronze medal in women’s field hockey Friday at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Canadians will take on Chile in the third-place finale at noon Pacific time.
Canada’s roster includes three former KSS Owls, Abi Raye, Dani Hennig and Natalie Sourisseau, all of whom have started in all four games to date at the Pan Am Games.
After posting a 2-1 record in pool play, Canada came up short against the U.S. in Wednesday’s semifinal in a 4-2 loss.
“A tough loss today,” said Canadian head Coach Louis Mendonca. “But we gave it our all, the USA just had a better day. And now we need to change our focus to Chile. The goal hasn’t changed, we still have a chance of finishing on the podium and I’m confident the girls will come out fighting. It’s a very close unit, and they believe in each other.”
Raye has 67 caps in international competition, Hennig has 31, while Sourisseau has 18 caps. All played with the Owls under head coach Arnar Berhnardsson.
For the fifth straight time at the Pan Ams, the gold medal final will feature No. 1 world-ranked Argentina against the U.S.