Bhubaneswar: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Academy beat Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High-Performance Center 5-4 via penalties, after both teams were locked at 2-2 in regulation time, to win the 1st sub-junior women’s academy national championship here Thursday.
The SAI Academy fought a remarkable fight in regulation time. The team came back twice from behind to deny the hosts a victory within 60 minutes as captain Sonam (38th minute) and Kirti (55th) scored goals for them. Host hockey center team Tata took the lead twice with goals from Preet Aman Kaur (8th) and Priya Toppo (42nd).
After being locked in 4-4 in the shootout again, it was Puja Sahoo who scored the game-winning goal for SAI Academy in sudden death to help her team win the championship.
Earlier today, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy beat Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy 8-0 to finish third. Swati (28th, 33rd, 38th, 57th) smashed four goals while captain Bhumiksha Sahu (36th, 45th) signed a nice brace. Huda Khan (46th) and Sneha Patel (60th) also scored one goal apiece in what was a dominating victory for Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy.
Skipper Bhumiksha Sahu finished the tournament at the top of the scorers list, scoring up to 21 in six matches, while teammate Swati, who scored 16 goals, topped the tournament as the second-highest goalscorer.