Duncan's Sara Goodman (bottom right) and her teammates celebrate winning gold at the 2021 Women's Junior Field Hockey Pan American Championships and securing a berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup. (Photo courtesy Field Hockey Canada Twitter @FieldHockeyCan

Duncan’s Sara Goodman guides Canada to Pan Am field hockey gold

Cowichan-born captain helps Canada return to World Cup for first time since 2013

Duncan’s Sara Goodman has helped lead Canada to gold at the 2021 Women’s Junior Field Hockey Pan American Championships and a berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup.

The 21-year-old veteran of the Canadian program who rose up through Cowichan Field Hockey and Cowichan Secondary School captained Canada to top spot at the Pan Am tournament in Chile, which wrapped up on Saturday.

Canada defeated Uruguay 1-0 in the gold-medal game, the lone goal coming from another Vancouver Islander, Victoria’s Anna Mollenhauer. Canada went undefeated through the tournament, playing to a scoreless tie against Uruguay and a 1-0 win over Argentina in the round robin, then another 1-0 victory over Chile in the semifinals. Goodman scored Canada’s goal in the win over Argentina.

In addition to winning Pan Am gold, Goodman and Canada have also qualified for the 2021 Junior World Cup in South Africa this December. This is the first time that Canada has qualified for the Junior World Cup since 2013.

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Goodman is one of 18 rostered athletes and 12 non-travelling reserves who have been training in Vancouver this summer in preparation for the Pan Am championships. Among the reserves are her University of British Columbia teammate and Shawnigan Lake School alumna Birkley Anderson, and Frances Kelsey graduate Niki Leech, who now plays goalie for the University of Guelph.

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