Scotland steals 10th to upend American women at 2009 World Juniors

March 09, 2009, 10:57 a.m. (ET)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (March 7, 2009) - Left with barely anything to shoot at in the final end of play, USA's Alexandra Carlson attempted a raise takeout but it over-curled allowing Scotland to steal the win Saturday afternoon at the 2009 World Junior Championships at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Sophie Brorson (Duluth, Minn.) slip to 1-2 in the standings in their rookie appearance at the World Juniors. Led by Eve Muirhead, Scotland improved to 3-1 with the win today.

The Americans led early on scoring four points in the second end but Scotland would tie the game with back-to-back steals by the halfway mark. Carlson would score a deuce in the sixth and three points in the eighth, appearing to be in control of this match with last year's gold medalists. However, the Scottish ladies battled back to score three points in the ninth and the decisive steal in the 10th end when Muirhead froze her final stone onto her other rock in the four-foot.

The USA men, led by Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), defeated Norway, 9-8, in the late draw last night to improve to 2-1. The American men return to the ice at 9 a.m. PT tomorrow to take on Sweden (2-1).

The top four teams at the conclusion of the round robin in each division advance to the page system of playoffs beginning Friday night. The gold medal games are set for 4 p.m. PT March 15.

Line score:
USA women* 040 002 030 0 9
Scotland 001 120 103 3 11
*last stone in first end

Women's standings:
Canada 3-0
Scotland 3-1
Denmark 2-1
Russia 2-1
Switzerland 2-1
Czech Rep. 1-2
Sweden 1-2
USA 1-2
France 1-3
Japan 0-3

Men's standings:
Canada 3-0
Denmark 2-0
Sweden 2-1
USA 2-1
Scotland 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
Norway 1-2
China 0-2
Germany 0-2
Russia 0-2

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