The national women’s hockey team has already won 6-1 (first half: 3-0) from the 15th country in the world after already outscoring it 3-0 in their first official game of the year on Saturday. With that, Belgium, which is ranked 12th in FIFA, added their third victory to their league record, but remain seventh in the standings. Without his head coach Raul Ehren off the bench, but present in the stands and replaced by his new Australian assistant Tim White, and with a slightly different core (Sophie Limig, Shunda Ekegwono and Elodie Piccard replacing Pauline Lecliffe, Sophie Versavel and Elena Sutjo), Belgium was less intense than today, the first in the first quarter. Led by Barbara Nlynn and Charlotte Engelbert (Elected Player of the Match), the Belgians improved the situation in the second quarter by scoring three points. The first goal was scored by Amber Ballenjin, in a nice distraction towards the goal (16th). The second after a penalty (computer) with Stéphanie Vanden Bury at the cannon (23rd) and the next from Ikijono to celebrate his third header with an international goal (24th).
With Aisling D’Hooghe between panels to replace Picard, the disgruntled Panthers did not release the pressure after breaking up. Reduced to a university team, the Americans scored 3 more goals in 4 minutes. Ballingin signed his double with a new twist (31). Vanden Bury imitated him with a backhand punch on a new PC series (34th), before Lucy Breen also had a fun twist (35th), clearly a new specialty for Raul Ehren’s players.
Belgium have had plenty of opportunities to feed the striker in the period that has passed but they were in a big rush, especially after Tiffin Duquesne’s miss. On the contrary, the US was finally realistic on a PC series and saved Honor Linnea Gonzales (54th).
With 11 games played, Belgium now has 3 wins and 3 draws, including 1 bonus and 5 losses. The Panthers are still seventh out of 9 countries in the table, with 39.39 pieces. The United States remains the ninth and last with 0 computers. After postponing (or canceling) the double match against Argentina this weekend, the next Belgian match will take place on May 30, still in Antwerp, with the return match against the Netherlands (FIH-1), a match difficult with 87.88 computers.