Though a win in game one was sweet for the men’s senior team from the United States they knew it was not something to dwell on when they took the pitch yesterday for Game 2 of their four-game set with Argentina.
Argentina came out ready to avenge the loss and quickly controlled the game from the outset. However, the US was not to be overpowered and quickly equalized the tempo of the game as both teams settled in to the match. It would be the Argentineans who would strike first in the 9th minute as a quick outlet pass was sent up field a waiting forward who quickly passed the ball into the offensive circle that was deflected in for the early 1-0 lead.
As play continued back and forth between the teams Argentina would take a two-goal advantage in the 25th minute when they earned a penalty corner. After the push out pass the first shooter faked a swing while a second shooter swung through and sent the ball past a diving Tom Sheridan to put the Argentineans up by two goals. However, the US would answer as the half wound down when they earned a penalty corner of their own. When the horn sounded during the penalty corner preparations the US sent their entire team to the offensive circle but it would be unneeded as a hard drag flick from Pat Harris found the net to leave the score at 2-1 heading into the break.
The second half saw a much more quality bit of play from the United States yet they still found if difficult to convert in the offensive zone. Yet it would be Argentina that would convert again as a penalty corner score in the 50th minute gave them a 3-1 lead and, ultimately, the victory. Though not satisfied with losing, the US can walk away with confidence that when they execute their game plan, they can definitely compete with some of the best.
Taking a break from their 4-game series with Argentina, the men’s senior team plays against the Chilean National Team tomorrow at 11:00am local time.
Enjoy the great photos from game 2 and GO USA!