Women take silver, men fourth at IBSA Goalball World Championships
Just as in the Women's 2008 Paralympic goalball game for gold, the U.S. Women's National Team and the China Women's National Team squared off once again for a rematch during the 2010 IBSA Goalball World Championships.
Both the U.S. and China had remained undefeated throughout the Championships leading into the gold medal match. China still dwelling on the Paralympic gold medal loss two years ago was looking for retribution.
The game started at a quick pace with each side trying to remain on the offensive with neither side budging. The U.S. conceded a goal midway through the first half by bouncing the ball off the arm of Lisa Czechowski, who played center, and then it rolled off the shoulder of Asya Miller, playing left wing.
In the opening seconds of the second half, Czechowski with the first throw found the back of the net scoring for the U.S. China however recovered quickly and scored their second goal shortly thereafter. Asya Miller and Jennifer Armbruster, playing the wings, pounded the China defense hoping to find a gap to score but not able to do so. China scored again midway through the second half which became the final score, China 3 U.S. 1, giving the U.S. Women silver medal and a berth in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
The U.S. Men faced off against Iran in the bronze medal game. These teams faced each other earlier in the competition during pool play. The U.S. got to work quickly during the match with the first goal. Iran wasting no time scored the next two goals by the end of the first half which proved to be the difference. By the end of the game, each team added two more goals each and Iran emerged victorious with a final of Iran 5, U.S. 3.
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