CHULA VISTA, CA - The USA Field Hockey Women's National Team
defeated Mexico today, 7-0, to open competition at the AtaHolding Women's World
Cup Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The
winner of the Qualifier receives a berth in the Women's World Cup in Rosario,
Argentina this September.
The USA put on a dominant offensive performance, as seven
different players scoring for the Americans. The result puts the USA at the top
of the tournament standings after one day of competition.
"We're happy to get the win," said Head Coach Lee
Bodimeade. "We didn't get much opportunity to see Mexico before the
tournament, but obviously we're pleased with the result."
"We wanted to get out and put an impression on
Mexico," said team captain Carrie Lingo. "We were very excited to
finally get the tournament started and every stepped up."
Lingo set the pace for the USA, with a field goal in the
third minute. Katie Evans followed with a goal in the 11th, and Michelle
Kasold snatched a misplayed ball from Mexican goalkeeper Jesus Castillo Marin
for a gal in the 15th minute.
"Right now, we're focusing on handling the ball,"
said Bodimeade. "We're looking at finishing on the front end and defending
at the back end."
Rachel Dawson opened the scoring in the second half with a
penalty corner rebound. Caroline Nichols buried a penalty stroke in the 54th,
and Sara Silvetti and Katie O'Donnell each added a goal to complete the scoring
for the USA.
"We had a nice rotation of players," said
Bodimeade. When nine penalty corners awarded to the USA resulted in only one goal,
Bodimeade smiled and said, "It sounds like there were some missed
opportunities for some players to have two goals."
Mexico had few attacking opportunities and U.S. goalkeeper
Amy Tran saw limited action in the backfield. For her part, Mexican goalkeeper Marin
made several great saves to limit the USA goals to single digits.
The USA will face France tomorrow, Saturday, March 27 at
2:45pm Pacific. France lost to Korea earlier today, 4-0.
Six of the world's top field hockey nations have traveled to San Diego for
a chance to play in one of the world's top international competitions. Playing on their home field, the
USA Women’s Olympic Field Hockey Team welcomes traditional Pan American rivals Canada and Mexico, as well as Belgium,
France and Korea. The tournament champion will head to the BDO FIH 2010
Women’s World Cup Rosario, Argentina in September. USA Field Hockey, the
national governing body for field hockey in the United States, will host the Qualifier.
to all games are now available.
The AtaHolding Women’s World Cup Qualifier features 18
matches over six days of competition. Competition
days feature three matches per day. Additional
ticket promotions are also available, including discounts for military
information on the 2010 AtaHolding Women’s World Cup Qualifier, visit www.usafieldhockey.com/worldcupqualifier.