In a thrilling display of skill and determination, the Indian women's hockey team broke their five-match losing streak by defeating the United States in the final match of their Bhubaneswar leg of the FIH Hockey Pro League.
The match, held on Friday, saw India emerge victorious with a scoreline of 3-1, thanks to goals from Vandana Katariya, Deepika, and Salima Tete. The game kicked off with an intense exchange of opportunities as both teams sought to take the lead. Despite a missed penalty corner opportunity by Deepika early on, India remained resilient. United States' Elizabeth Yeager attempted to capitalize on a chance, only to be thwarted by India's goalkeeper, Savita.
Midway through the first quarter, Sangita Kumari's effort resulted in a fortunate rebound for Vandana Katariya, who capitalized on the opportunity to put India ahead. The second quarter saw USA pressing forward, but India's defense held firm. A well-executed passing sequence culminated in Deepika extending India's lead with a superb goal.
USA fought back in the third quarter, with Sanne Caarls narrowing the gap with a powerful shot. However, India maintained their composure and continued to assert dominance. In the final quarter, a brilliant run by Deepika set up Salima Tete for India's third goal, sealing the victory at the tournament.
Despite late attempts by the USA to stage a comeback, India's defense remained resolute, securing a crucial win. With the victory, India now looks ahead to their next FIH Hockey Pro League match against China in Rourkela.
The Indian women's hockey team's triumph marks a significant turnaround in their performance, injecting renewed confidence as they progress in the FIH Hockey Pro League tournament.