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USA Field Hockey

2009 Men's Junior World Cup

June 13, 2009, 10:59 p.m. (ET)
Men's Junior World Cup

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June 14, 2009

USA vs. Russia

The USA Field Hockey Men's Under-21 National Team defeated Russia, 4-3, in the first game of crossovers at the 2009 Men's Junior World Cup in Malaysia. Viren Pahhier scored two goals for the USA, with Derk Pelle and team captain Jon Ginolfi contributing a goal each.


FIH Game Report:

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USA celebrate their first victory in the tournament

Through a 4:3-victory over Russia the USA are leaders of Pool I. Both teams lost all games in the preliminary round. Today they got the chance to achieve their first points in Pool I which is the Pool for the final rankings 17 to 20. Supported by their yelling fans the USA got the better start into the 8.00 o´clock-game but missed out to take the early lead. Actually it were Russia who were able to convert their second penalty corner. Captain Alexey Mayorov scored after then minutes. Now the USA started to attack harder und pressed for the equalizer. Derk Pelle waited at the circle line, picked up the rebound and made the equalizer. The lead for the USA was a nice goal by Viren Padhier who won possession in midfield, had a drive to the goal and overcame Russia´s goalkeeper Andrey Ivanov. The Russian defence started to discuss afterwards, it seemed they blame each other for the second US-goal. When Russia still had the 1:2 in their minds, USA won immediately another penalty corner which succeeded as well. At half time the Russians were 1:3 down.

They started very aggressive in the second 35 minutes and gained three short corners in just a few minutes. But all of them were well saved by the US-American defence. Russia did not give up fighting and were successful in minute 43 with Nikolay Komarov. Afterwards they went for the equalizer, however Viren Padhier came out of the blue in the Russian circle and improved the lead. From now on Russia seemed very frustrated because a couple of penalty corners failed again. Russia had definitely the chances even to win that game but they were too ineffective in converting them. The 4:3 by Nikolay Yankun did not help the Russians anymore because USA defended strictly the last minutes of the game.

USA v Russia 4:3 (3:1)
0:1 Alexey MAYOROV (PC), 1:1 Derk PELLE (FG), 2:1 Viren PADHIER (FG), 3:1 Jonathan GINOLFI (PC), 3:2 Nikolay KOMAROV (FG), 4:2 Viren PADHIER (FG), 4:3 Nikolay YANKUN (FG)


 

June 12, 2009

Manny Martinez and Jed Cunningham update the player blog! >>

 


 

June 11, 2009

USA vs. England

 

 

The USA Field Hockey Men's Under-21 National Team fell to England, 4-0, in their fourth match of the 2009 Men's Junior World Cup. The USA has completed pool play, and will resume crossover play on Sunday or Monday.

 

USA U-21 Men - Match Report

By Mike Whitehead – Manager

USA vs. England

The USA took on England in their fourth match in the 2009 Men’s Junior World Cup at Taman Daya Stadium.

After the three previous pool matches without a point in the standings, the team felt ready to compete and was optimistic they’d gained the knowledge to produce a favorable result against England.

The USA started play with good structure, planning to take England out of their systematic style. The Americans were competitive early with some strong defensive play, frustrating the English side.

England opened the scoring in the 24th minute, as the USA allowed a penalty corner. Goalkeeper Kevin Segeren made a fantastic save on the first corner strike, but England collected the rebound and scored for 1-0 scoreline.  

The USA continued to follow their plan, forcing a few circle penetrations and was awarded their first penalty corner near the end of the half. Will Holt’s drag flick was off target and the half came to an end.  

The American coaching staff and team made some adjustements at the half, in order to protect their defensive half and produce opportunities to score.  The Americans were under pressure from the start, and after some unfortunate turnovers from the defense, they conceded two quick field goals to England, putting them down 3-0. 

The USA continued to pressure, but had limited opportunities inside the England twenty-five.  England added a fourth goal in the 51st minute, and the contest ended 4-0.

The USA squad and staff were disappointed to not earn a standing point against England. The Americans team finished fifth in their pool. The remaining game times and location for the tournament will be decided after the final matches on June 12th.  The schedule will be posted sometime early on June 13th.


STARTERS:  SEGEREN (GK), DHADWAL, SHEURER, BARBER, AHLUWALIA, GINOLFI (C), WALSH, PELLE, HOLT, CUNNINGHAM, AND SUNDEEND – T.

PLAYED: SUNDEEND – T, MARTINEZ, PADHIAR, SCALLY and SZOKE.

DNP: ZAYAC, von BEIBERSTEIN


GREEN Card – HOLT, 45th min – MARTINEZ, 55th min.
YELLOW CARD – CUNNINGHAM, 67th min

MAN OF THE MATCH:  SEBASTIAN SHEURER


Notes from Terry Walsh, USA Field Hockey Techincal Director of High Performance:

"A solid first 20 minutes from the USA. We went into half time 1-0 down, but with England being put well on guard. USA defended extremely well and built some solid attacks against a very frustrated and challenged England squad.

" The start of the 2nd half saw two very quick goals and we became very disjointed. An admirable fight under fatigue with yesterday’s game took its toll as England came in with fresh legs.

" A final 4-0 scoreline  but with several corners and a few chances which could well have yielded a score for the USA."


 

June 10, 2009

USA vs. Malaysia

USA vs Malaysia

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS are now available! >>

 

USA U-21 Men - Match Report

By Mike Whitehead – Manager

 

In their third match at the 2009 Men’s Junior World Cup, the USA faced host Malaysia at Taman Daya Stadium.  The home crowd was in full force, 6000 fans in the stands, standing room only.

The USA came into the match ready for the home crowd and side.  The USA had good intentions but in second minute, Malaysia dispossessed the left half defender and scored a quick field goal.  Malaysia notched another quick goal and the USA was down 2-0 within five minutes. 


Eventually the Americans settled in, but in the tenth minute the USA was pushed into another counter attack by Malaysia. A shot on goal was stopped by Sebastian Sheurer’s body, and Malaysia was awarded a penalty shot. Malaysia converted for a 3-0 score.


The USA continued to follow their game plan, building confidence by getting the ball through the midfield to feed the forwards in space.  Even after conceding a fourth goal, the USA kept their composure and took the crowd out of the match with better defending and patience.


In the 30th minute, some fine passing from Ajai Dhadwal and Jon Ginolfi led to an attack on the right side, finally finding Nick Szoke in front of the Malaysian goal for a nice backhand shot and a score for the USA. The Americans continued to keep the Malaysian side at bay and controlled the final minutes of the half for a 4-1 score.  


The USA controlled the match from the start of the second half, playing with confidence and adjustments from Head Coach Nick Conway. The American defense did not allow Malaysia much in the front field, displaying great patience and tackling. 


The USA forced two penalty corners, and in the 60th minute, Jed Cunningham put in a rebound off the Malaysian goalkeeper, for a 4 – 2 score. 


The USA didn’t allow the Malaysia’s attack much, but eventually Malaysian converted a penalty corner to make the match 5 -2.  With time expiring, the USA continued to push but the opportunities were limited and the final whistle came.


STARTERS:  SEGEREN (GK), DHADWAL, SHEURER, BARBER, AHLUWALIA, GINOLFI (C), WALSH, PELLE, HOLT, CUNNINGHAM, AND SZOKE.

PLAYED: SUNDEEND – T, MARTINEZ, PADHIAR, SCALLY and SUNDEEND – T.

DNP: ZAYAC, von BEIBERSTEIN

GREEN Card – HOLT, 39th min

MAN OF THE MATCH:  AJAI DHADWAL

 

Notes from Terry Walsh, USA Field Hockey Techincal Director of High Performance:

"This was a memorable moment for the group – a huge crowd with a credible performance.

"The initial nine minutes saw USA 3-0 down and another Malaysian goal to follow before the 15 minute mark of the first half. We scored just before half time and were back in the match from the point of view of control.

"A very good second half saw a 2-4 scoreline,  with a penalty corner rebound to the USA. The USA held until 6 minutes to go in the match when Malaysia converted their first penalty corner of the game [for a 2-5 final].

"A much improved performance with the growth of the group highly significant."

 


 

June 8, 2009

USA vs. Spain

Match Report by Mike Whitehead, Team Manager

USA vs SpainThe USA’s second match was against Spain, and they looked to make some advancement in their play after their disappointing loss against Korea on Sunday.

The coaching staff prepared the team for the Spanish side, and the Americans went into the first half with stamina and poise.  The USA played well against their opponent the first 20 minutes, by being patient and allowing Spain to play in their own half..

The Americans allowed a soft goal from a Spanish left striker entering the left side of the circle, making it 1 – 0 Spain.  The USA continued with their game plan but Spain used their first goal to breed momentum to put another two goals in before the end of the first half making it 3 – 0 Spain.

Coming back from the half, Head Coach Nick Conway demanded the squad to play and fight, and try to improve in key spots. With the continued pressure from a focused Spanish team, the USA made some critical mistakes and turnovers, and allowed six additional goals before the end of the match, putting them at a 0 – 9 loss to Spain.


The USA squad and staff are disappointed with the loss. This match wasn’t one of the better performances from the Americans, but one to learn from.  The USA will take the host MALAYSIA on June 10th at 7:30 pm in front of the home crowd. 


STARTERS:  SEGEREN (GK), DHADWAL, SHEURER, BARBER, SUNDEEN – R, GINOLFI (C), WALSH, PELLE, HOLT, CUNNINGHAM, AND SZOKE.


PLAYED: AHLUWALIA, MARTINEZ, von BEIBERSTEIN, SCALLY and SUNDEEND – T.


DNP: ZAYAC, PADHIAR


GREEN Card – SZOKE

 


 

June 7, 2009

 

USA vs. Korea

Match Report by Mike Whitehead, Team Manager

Men's Junior World CupThe USA first match was against Korea to start the Junior World Cup tournament at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru.


The USA’s plan against the Koren squad was to control the fast and fit opponent by allowing them to play in their own half, compressing their own defense with numbers, and being patient. The USA played to compete from the start, allowing limited opportunities the first eight minutes by defending their half and circle, but had some technical turnovers allowing Korea to force their first penalty corner in the 9th minute.  Korea converted the PC to put the score at 1-0.  The USA allowed a Korea field goal nine minutes later to put the US down 2-00.  The USA was under a number of counter attacks from some turnovers through their midfield, allowing Korea two more PC goals at the 25th minute and 29th minute putting the US at 4 – 0 at the half. 


The USA came back from the half with Men’s Under-21 National Team Head Coach Nick Conway demanding the USA squad play with strength and power out of their defense.  With the continued pressure, the US made some mistakes getting the ball out of their defense and causing some unforced turnovers.  After a hard fought battle the US allowed three additional goals, FG – 44th, FG – 47th min and PC – 58th min ending the match at 7 - 0.


The USA came away disappointed with the loss, as they know they could have competed much better then they did.  Moving forward the Americans will take their first match with some important points as they prepare for their next match against the SPANISH team on June 8th at 5 pm.


STARTERS:  SEGEREN (GK), DHADWAL, SHEURER, BARBER, AHLUWALIA, GINOLFI (C), WALSH, PELLE, HOLT, CUNNINGHAM, AND SZOKE.


PLAYED:  SUNDEEN – R, PADHIAR, von BEIBERSTEIN, SCALLY and SUNDEEND – T.


Yellow Card – RYAN SUNDEEN (27th min)

The USA Field Hockey Men's Under-21 National Team fell to Korea, 7-0, in their first match of the 2009 Men's Junior World Cup. Competition continues against Spain on Monday at 5:00pm local / 5:00am Eastern!

 

Follow all the action on the Official FIH website! >>

Photos of the game are now available! Click the photo on the left or CLICK HERE for photos from Sunday's game!

 

 


 

June 6, 2009

Ryan Sundeen, Tyler Sundeen and Colin Scally update the player blog from Malaysia! >>

 


 

June 5, 2009

Ryan Sundeen, Tyler Sundeen and Colin Scally update the player blog from Malaysia! >>

 



June 4, 2009

Kevin Barber updates the player blog from Malaysia! >>

 


Notes from Under-21 Men's Head Coach Nick Conway:

USA vs Belgium"Here are the video highlights from our final training game on June 4. We played a very competent Belgium team in our final tournament training game.Final Score: Belgium 6-0 USA.

"We were able to create some limited but high quality opportunities of our own that upon reflection we should have achieved more with.  We missed a penalty stroke in the first half and squandered a good opportunity in front of goal in the second.  


"The European style of play caused us many problems that we now have an opportunity to discuss and attempt to remedy prior to playing Spain and England in pool play.


" We will be much stronger for this experience as our quality and intensity of play was far superior than in the previous Japanese game.  We continue to improve with each outing which is encouraging.  The players are very responsive, enjoying the experience and embracing the significant challenges that lay ahead.


"Today we are recovering from our two preparation games and taking some time to relax prior to the tournament beginning on Sunday."


 

June 3, 2009

Notes from Under-21 Men's Head Coach Nick Conway:

USA vs Japan"Here are the video highlightsfrom our first training game v Japan on June 3.The match was 2-0 at half time and 2-1 to Japan at full-time.


"We played very tentatively in the first half allowing the Japanese to dominate play for periods.  However, the majority of the Japanese play came from our poor turnovers in critical areas feeding the fast Japanese counter-attack game.  On occasion we were able to build positive and dynamic pieces of play going forwards.


"Overall, a very positive run out for the guys that showed the level of consistent performance that we need to aspire towards if we are to be competitive in pool play and beyond.  Additionally, it created a great opportunity for our players to sample a taste of the Asian way of play.


"We play Belgium today to provide our players with a basis of understanding for the European style of play."

 


 

 


Junior World Cup Team Announced

 

USA Field Hockey today announced the team roster for the 2009 Men's Junior World Cup, to be held June 7-21, 2009 and co-hosted by Malaysia and Singapore.

 

The USA qualified for the Junior World Cup with their bronze medal performance at the 2009 Junior Pan American Cup last October, their first qualification ever at that level. The Junior World Cup roster highlights the youth movement in the USA men's program, as nine players selected are also members of the USA Senior National Team. Jonathan Ginolfi and Jed Cunningham have over fifty combined caps at the senior level. Kevin Segeren was named Best Goalkeeper at the Junior Pan Am Cup.


"We have a very committed group of athletes that are training very hard to be ready to embrace the challenges ahead," said National Team Head Coach Nick Conway.   "Everyone is looking forward to the Junior World Cup which will undoubtedly provide us with a huge building block opportunity in the development of our players as we move forwards.  We have set clear performance targets which we feel if we perform effectively we can achieve regardless of the opposition that we face."


The USA Field Hockey 2009 Men's Junior World Cup team:

#
Name
Position
College
Hometown
1
Jonathan Ginolfi
Midfielder
Moorpark College
Moorpark, CA
2
Kevin Barber
Defender
Moorpark College
Camarillo, CA
3
Nicholas Szoke
Striker
UNC - Wilmington
Chesapeake, VA
4
Ryan Sundeen
Midfielder
Moorpark College
Simi Valley, CA
5
Colin Scally
Defender
Moorpark College
Thousand Oaks, CA
7
Liam Walsh
Midfielder
Concrete HS
Rockport, WA
8
Sebastian Scheurer
Defender
CJD Braunschweig
Braunschweig, GER
9
Amrit Ahluwalia
Defender
UCLA
Irvine, CA
10
Kevin Segeren
GK
Adelbert College
Voorschoten, Holland
11
Will Holt
Striker
Moorpark College
Camarillo, CA
12
Ajai Dhadwal
Defender
Viewpoint HS
Agoura Hills, CA
13
Jed Cunningham
Striker
CSU Channel Islands
Moorpark, CA
14
Viren Padhiar
Striker
Fountain Valley HS
Huntington Beach, CA
15
Manny Martinez
Striker
Cuyamaca College
Lakeside, CA
16
Andrew Zayac
GK
Maryland
Columbia, MD
19
Alex von Bieberstein
Midfielder
Catalina Foothills HS
Tucson, AZ
-
Tyler Sundeen
Midfielder
Simi Valley HS
Simi Valley, CA
-
Derk Pelle
Midfielder
Maerlant Lyceum
Rijswik, Netherlands


STAFF:
Nick Conway, Head Coach
Michael Whitehead, Team Manager
Ben Maruquin, Assistant Coach
Jeremy Cook, Technical Assistant
TR St. Charles, Physiotherapist

The Men's Hockey Junior World Cup is an international under-21 field hockey competition sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Twenty of the world's top junior national teams will compete in an expanded tournament field. The twenty will be divided into four pools of five teams; the USA will compete in Pool C, which also features England, Korea, Spain and co-host Malaysia. Pool C will compete in at Taman Daya stadium in Johor, Malaysia.

"We are excited about this excellent opportunity to continue to build upon our high performance program," said Conway. "Competing in quality tournaments is the foundation for success at the international level.  We are not about being happy to have achieved selection to the Junior World Cup, but we are committed to holding ourselves accountable for strong competitive performances during the tournament."

The Men's Hockey Junior World Cup was first contested in 1979, as has been contested every four years since 1985. Argentina is the returning champion, after defeating Australia 2-1 in the Junior World Cup finals the last Junior World Cup in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2005. Germany is the 2005 most successful nation, having won the tournament four times. In their only previous participation, the USA finished 11th at the 1989 Junior World Cup, held in Ipoh, Malaysia.


For more information on the 2009 Men's Junior World Cup, visit http://www.juniorworldcupmen2009.sportcentric.com/.

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