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Cancun, Mexico 2018
Match Day 1 Vs. Mexico
3-3 (4-3 Penalties) Loss
The warm-up tournament in Mexico began with a snap. Dr. R Kerkoff of Moosomin, Saskatchewan was inserted into the game to energize the right wing position and he suffered a tournament limiting injury shortly after entry into the match. He was seen afterwards in the kiddie pool starting his rehabilitation for future tournaments.
Goal scorers for Canada were Team Captain Andrew Prout, newcomer Mario Kovacevic (medical student), and Dr. Daniel Jones.
Dr. Prout converted from the penalty spot and then Super Mario struck a cracking volley goal from 33 yards out to put the team up. The Mexican team then fought back and after a move down the left wing beat Canadian-Colombian keeper Dr. Horacio Yepes to bring the score to 2-1 still in favour of Canada. The CDN team was rattled but then after a free kick was given just outside the box the shot struck the hand of Dr. Prout and a penalty was given and converted which leveled the score.
Dr. Karman Chaudhry played exceptionally well with Dr. Clint Houlie and Dr. Abu Baker Khalifa on defence but a through ball and confusion led to a 3-2 lead for Mexico with 2 minutes left in the match.
The Canadian team continued to press and newcomer, Dr. Daniel Jones slotted home a sublime equalizer that sent the team to penalties for the definitive result.
Prout, Jones, and Houlie all placed the ball in and then Dr. Aran Balachandran failed to score on his penalty giving the win to Mexico.
Match Day 2 Vs. USA
A difficult and scrappy match against a US team that had a full 1st and 2nd team for each half resulted in a game that was chippy and although Canada had a number of chances they failed to capitalize and suffered their worst loss and performance of the tournament.
A lovely ceremony was held on the grass field next to the Iberostar venue in Cancun which recognized the hard work the Mexican contingent put into organizing the weekend tournament.
Match Day 3 Vs Colombia
The final day of the tournament brought out a hard working Canadian team that was staring to show signs of inflammation and wear & tear.
Columbia went 1-0 up after a long curling spot kick from 40+yards was able to just beat surgeon and keeper Dr. Yepes and then after a blatant foul Captain Dr. Andrew Prout leveled the score on a penalty in the second half. The final 20 minutes were hectic with Colombian pressure constantly testing the stalwart Canadian defense which held until a cross from the right was slotted home with a side-footed goal at close range with only minutes left to play. The heat had drained the Canadian team and Dr. Clint Houlie was lost to another hamstring injury as well.
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