Mexico (1-6) defeated Costa Rica (0-7) 14-10 to in their final game of the 2019 WILC to secure their first win and claim nineteenth place in the tournament. Costa Rica finishes in twentieth place at the tournament.
In the end, it was Mexico’s ability to create more shots and quality shots, especially on the inside, and get their offense set down the stretch that really made the difference in this one. However, Costa Rica played sound defense in between the restraining lines and did show some flashes on the offensive end late in the game, but Mexico was able to grab the upper hand in this one.
Mexico was led by Connor Simon with eight points (4G/4A) and Juan Contreas who put up seven points (3G/4A). Charlie Frattini III also tallied six points (4G/2A) for Mexico. In net, Manuel Chavez made 11 saves off of 22 shots on goal for a .500 save percentage.
For Costa Rica, Luis Alonso Acua Murillo led the way with six points (3G/3A) while Sean Panora also put up five points (2G/3A). Ivan Alejandro Rojas made 42 saves off of 56 shots for a .750 save percentage.
This one was a game of runs from the beginning as Mexico started with two early goals from Martin Vallenbona and Charlie Frattini III, but Costa Rica was able to answer with two of their own coming from Luis Alonso Acua Murillo and Ruben Guillermo Rodriguez midway through the quarter. After a few defensive heavy possessions on both ends, Mexico was able to get two more late in the quarter to take a 4-2 lead heading into the second.
With two quick goals early in the second, Costa Rica was able to tie things up at four and looked to be gaining some energy on both ends. However, Mexico soon exploded, scoring five consecutive goals from midway in the second through early in the third. That run helped give Mexico an 8-4 halftime lead and a 9-4 lead early in the third.
Sean Panora ended the scoring drought for Costa Rica, converting on a power-play opportunity early in the third. Both sides went back-and-forth answering each other late in the third, making it a 10-6 Mexico lead heading into the fourth.
Mexico got on the board early in the fourth with a Charlie Frattini III goal, and just as it seemed they had secured the victory Costa Rica responded in a big way. A four-goal Costa Rica run midway through the fourth cut the Mexico lead to 11-10. Daniel Mauricio Quesada Rodriguez’s goal with an extra attacker on pulled Costa Rica within one.
After some fantastic defensive play between the restraining lines and in the 6v6 from both squads, Mexico got their offense rolling again as they went on a three-goal run in the final minutes of the game to run away with the game and secure their first win at the WILC. Jason Rojas Solano was able to score for Costa Rica in the dying seconds of the game, but things had already been decided as Mexico walked away with the 14-10 win.