VANCOUVER, British Columbia (March 12, 2009) -
The USA women finished out their rookie appearance at the 2009 World Junior Championships with an 8-5 loss to Denmark to finish with a 4-5 record at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.
Alexandra Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Sophie Brorson (Duluth, Minn.) started the game by spotting the Danish ladies five points over the first three ends.
"We weren't playing well at the beginning," Carlson said. "I missed some shots so they were able to steal. We didn't set up the ends as well as we should have."
Team USA tried to get back in the game, scoring deuces in the fourth and sixth ends to pull win two points at 6-4.
Molly Bonner (Virginia, Minn.), the team's alternate for this event who has three world juniors and two women's national championship appearances under her belt, came into the game at the vice skip position halfway through and shot 80 percent, but it was too late as the American ladies couldn't overcome the early deficit.
"It was nice to play. I felt like I played pretty well, but we had a few key misses in the first three ends that didn't work out as planned so we were kinda struggling to come back the rest of the game," said Bonner, who also just finished up competing at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the end of February.
With the loss, the American women finish with a 4-5 record for fifth place overall.
"We would have liked to go out with a winning record," Carlson said. "But it is our first year here, and we out performed the last couple of years so that is good. There were a couple of close games that we would have liked to have gone our way."
Switzerland and Scotland will play in tomorrow's 1-2 playoff game while Canada and Russia will tangle in the 3-4 game. The winner of the 1-2 game moves on to the gold-medal game while, the loser plays the winner of the 3-4 game in the semifinal. Line score:
Denmark 212 010 101 x 8
USA women* 000 202 010 x 5
*last stone in first end Women's standings:
Czech Rep. 3-6
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