Argentina claimed their first Women’s Junior Hockey World Cup title since 1993 after stunning defending champions The Netherlands in Chile’s capital Santiago today.
The South American nation’s 4-2 victory also avenged their defeat to the Dutch in the final of the previous edition in 2013, when they lost in German city Moenchengladbach.
The match began in a scrappy fashion and it was not until the 15-minute mark that the first real scoring chance was created as Dutch midfielder Maxime Kerstholt batted the ball mid-air at Argentina goalkeeper Maria Rossetti, who managed to deal with it.
The deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when Imme van der Hoek shot past Rossetti to give The Netherlands the lead.
However, Argentina equalised eight minutes later as Bianca Donati swept a penalty corner into the corner of the Dutch goal.
Shortly before half-time, they moved into the lead with Barbara Borgia on hand to slam home at the second attempt after winning a penalty corner.
The advantage was further extended after the break when Maria Ortiz pounced on an opportunity to score again and move her team one step closer to the gold medal.
Despite trailing by two, The Netherlands showed no signs of giving up and in the 50th minute their perseverance paid off as Pien Sanders was able to lift a rebounded penalty corner over the body of Rossetti to reduce the deficit.
Kerstholt then came agonisingly close to scoring the equaliser from a penalty corner, only for her ferocious shot to fly just wide of the post.
It proved to be a costly miss as an Argentina break from their own defence led to a foul and subsequent penalty stroke that Agostina Gorzelany successfully converted in the 70th minute to seal the win.
"I think we deserved it as we played really well from the beginning of the event to the end," said Argentina's Lucia Sanguinetti.
"We are a great team, we played a great final.
"We knew it was going to be hard - The Netherlands are a great, great team.
"We are so happy and excited to bring the gold to Argentina as it has been some time (since they last won the competition)."
In the bronze medal match, Australia beat Spain 3-1 in the shootout following a 1-1 draw.
The win secured them their first medal at the Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup since 2001, when they also claimed bronze.
Spain’s fourth-place finish is their highest in the history of the event.
"Spain really gave it to us the whole game," said Australia’s Mariah Williams.
"Luckily we were good enough to put it away in the shootout."
In the two other matches played today, Germany defeated Belgium 4-3 in the fifth-place play-off following England’s 3-1 success at the expense of the United States in the seventh-place play-off.
With the women’s competition now complete, attention turns to the men’s event in Indian city Lucknow where action is due to begin on Thursday (December 8).