Match Reports

Dec. 17, 2010, 5:45 p.m. (ET)

Men's Series Concluded in Argentina

As the weekend concluded and the men’s senior team boarded their bus to get to the airport they couldn’t help but feel a bit of satisfaction.  The US Men had not defeated Argentina since 1995 and to walk away with two victories against the Argentineans and another against the Chileans to have an overall series record of 3-2 definitely left the team in good spirits as they departed Buenos Aires.   However, they also left knowing there are still many areas in which to improve. 

With a more complete side in game three of their four game set with the Americans, the Argentinean men’s national team beat the US senior men 6-0 on Saturday morning.  Using a combination of aggressive play and an ability to finish around the goal the Argentineans took advantage of the 10 penalty corners they earned throughout the game to ensure their victory.  The United States had a difficult time handling the Argentinean side that featured just about all of their usual players as they showed a cohesiveness that had lacked for the blue-and-white in the first two matches.  Though the score did not reflect the desired outcome, Coach Nick Conway was pleased that the team responded to moments of pressure and did, in fact, hang tough with the Argentineans for large periods throughout the match.

Coming off Saturday’s defeat, the United States looked to end the series on a strong and winning note.  Argentina, who played against both Chile and the United States on Sunday, sent out a split squad with half of their senior side and half of their junior side for the match.  The United States took advantage of the more inexperienced side and controlled the game throughout.  Pat Harris and Jon Ginolfi each had goals in the first half while Will Holt, the player of the match, completed a hat trick off of penalty corners, all in the first half.  Going into the break the US held a 5-1 lead.  While the Argentineans tightened up their defense in the second half, resulting in a much more even period of play, they could not overcome a US team that went 4 for 4 in penalty corners.  Though neither team was able to find the net in the second frame the half ended, much like the first, with a 5-1 advantage to the Americans.

With the series concluded the US team heads back home for the holidays and will be back in action in February!  Until then, happy holidays and GO USA!

 

USA Takes Down Chile 3-2 

For the second time in three games the men’s senior national team from the United States walked off the pitch victorious.  Playing against the men’s side from Chile, America held strong from a feisty Chilean team for a 3-2 victory on Thursday afternoon.

With both teams being familiar with each other, the game started out as expected with the action starting immediately.  With the US focusing on holding their ground and playing aggressively and Chile having a quick pace of play, the early stages of the game were hotly contested.  It would be America that would go ahead early, however, when Pat Harris sent a low drag flick to the back of the net on an earned penalty corner.  Chile would answer with a goal of their own later in the half and with two relatively even sides battling it out, the score would be knotted at one goal apiece heading into the half.

As the second half opened the pace of play would continue to be high but just as was seen in the first half, the US would strike first in the second stanza.   Andy Sheridan, who continued his strong play, sent a pass into the circle that Jon Ginolfi deflected into goal to give the United States a 2-1 lead.  But with a penalty corner goal as an equalizer, it was not long before Chile once again had the score back to even. 

As time wound down the men from the States turned up their play and for the second time in the game, Pat Harris flicked a penalty corner shot past the Chilean goalie for the 3-2 advantage.  Knowing that Chile has the ability to score quickly the last ten minutes of the game saw the US men dig in and impose their will to finish off the game and seal the victory.

With an upcoming game on Saturday morning at 11:00am local time, the US once again meets Argentina in the third game of their four game series.  Check back for updates and GO USA!

Argentina takes Game 2 from USA Senior Men

 
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!

USA Men Victorious in Game One

 It was by no means easy and with four Argentinean penalty corners in the last five minutes alone it was definitely suspenseful but Team USA found a way to thwart it all and come away with a 1-0 victory in the first game of their 4-game series in Buenos Aires. 

 The first half was back-and-forth play throughout with neither team truly taking control of the match.  It would be the US that would strike, however, when a pass into the middle was mistrapped and deflected to a waiting Andy Sheridan who punched the ball into the net.  Adding to his goal, later in the match Sheridan would make two goal-line saves to cap off his day.  As the first half continued neither team would make a serious threat and the horn sounded with a 1-0 advantage for the Americans. 

 It would be the first 15-minutes of the second half that truly tested the mettle of the US team.  The Argentinean side, which played valiantly despite being without some of their top players who are currently playing in European leagues, controlled the tempo and put the US side under constant pressure.  But whether it was diving saves from Tom Sheridan, controlled outlets from the back field or keeping calm under pressure, all threats were quashed and the remainder of the second half began to play out as evenly as the first.  

Until the last 5 minutes.  Due to a sense of urgency coupled with a few American mistakes, the Argentineans secured four penalty corners towards the end of the game, including one after time had expired.  But great saves and a well-executed penalty corner defense helped Team USA secure the victory over the Argentineans.

“I’m really pleased with the growth of this team and it’s a huge credit to the leadership of this team,“ Coach Nick Conway commented afterwards. “We’re smart enough to know that we gave Argentina many chances today but we were able to dig in and show our resolve.   We’re happy but we know we still have much to build on.”

Assistant Coach Chris Clements echoed Conway’s statements saying “It really was a collective effort today and it was nice to see our penalty corner defense group be successful.”

While it is always nice to win the men from the States must get ready again as they play Argentina in game 2 on Tuesday night at 6:00pm local time.  Let’s hope the momentum can continue and GO USA!

 USA Roster

1 – Jon Ginolfi

2 – Kevin Barber

4 – Rob Schilling

5 – Pat Harris

6 – Jarred Martin

8 – Steve Mann

10 – Pat Cota

11 – Will Holt

14 – Andy Sheridan

15 – Basti Scheurer

17 – Sean Harris

21 – Arjan Reyatt

23 – Tom Sheridan (GK)

25 – Liam Walsh

26 – Ajai Dhadwal

29 – Tyler Sundeen

 

USA Field Hockey to send Men's Senior and U19 Teams to Argentina

While most people are spending the first few weeks of December preparing for Christmas and trying to stay warm, the senior and junior men’s national teams will be heading down to South America to enjoy some Southern Hemisphere summertime and play a test series against the national teams from Argentina and Chile.

 From December 8-22, 2010 the teams will be playing test matches at the Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (CeNARD) training complex.  Each of the squads will play four matches against the Argentines and one match against the Chileans. 

 “We’re really looking forward to playing against our South American competitors, “Coach Nick Conway said.  “For our national team players, it’s more great [international] exposure as we build towards our Pan American Games push.”

 “I’m also thrilled to be able to take a U19 team as well to give a large group their first exposure to South America as that’s a big part of what we’re able to offer to our younger players [the ability to go to interesting places around the world]” Conway continued. “Going to Buenos Aires is a great opportunity for the younger guys.  We’re really looking forward to the Paris of the south!”

 Check the USAFH website and Facebook page for updates, photos and reports and remember to root on Team USA!

 Men’s Senior National Team

1.  Kevin Barber

2.  Pat Cota

3.  Ajai Dhadwal

4.  Jon Ginolfi

5.  Pat Harris

6.  Will Holt

7.  Pauly Kundi

8.  Steve Mann

9.  Arjan Reyatt

10.  Basti Scheurer

11.  Rob Schilling

12.  Andy Sheridan

13.  Tom Sheridan

14.  Tom Staddon

15.  Liam Walsh

16.  Tyler Sundeen

17. Sean Harris

18. Jarred Martin

 Manager: Joe Wagstaffe

Coach: Nick Conway

Asst. Coach: Chris Clements

Video: Jeremy Cook

Trainer: Donnie Richardson

 

Men’s U19 National Team

1.  Mikey Barminski

2.  Amrit Beatty

3.  Sean Cicchi

4.  Joe Gandhi

5.  Mo Gandhi

6.  Alex Grassi

7.  Jivraj Hundal

8.  Brandon Karess

9.  Ja Ja Kentwell

10.  Ranveer Kundi

11.  Christian Linney

12.  Lucas Long

13.  Johnny Orozco

14.  Kenny Patrone

15.  Spencer Reed

16.  Rishi Tewarie

17.  Pedro Zepeda

 Manager: Mike Barminski

Coach:  Ben Maruquin

Asst. Coach: Binh Hoang

Video: Nate Franks

Trainer: TR St. Charles

 

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