WASHINGTON, DC - The USA Field Hockey Women's National Team fell to Argentina
today, 5-3, in the second game of a five game test series at American University
in Washington DC.
"I think it was a competitive game," said
Assistant Coach Steve Jennings. "Argentina is ranked number two in the
world, so it's a positive sign that we're in the thick of the game until the
final minutes. I like the way we've jumped out to the lead in each game."
"I think it was a great fight, as always," said team
captain Carrie Lingo. "But there were pockets of time where we didn't play
well and they capitalized on those opportunities."
Michelle Kasold opened the scoring in the 18th
minute with a strike past Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi.
"The center defender bobbled the ball, so I went for
the tackle and got it," said Kasold. "I was already in the circle,
and I looked up and it was just me and the goalkeeper, so I shot it."
Argentina responded with two quick penalty corner goals only
minutes apart, both from Alexandra Gulla.
Keli Smith tied to game again just before halftime, scoring tip-in
from the corner of the goal as a shot from Kayla Bashore went across the
"It was a beautiful ball from Kayla," said Smith.
"I happened to be in the right place at the right time. She put a great
ball to the far post, and that's where I was."
Smith made her first international appearance for the
National since the birth of her son, Xavi, in January.
"It was my first game back in a year and a half,"
said Smith. "It was great to be back. I have a ways to go fitness-wise,
but it feels good to be out there."
Argentina scored two more penalty corner goals at the
beginning of the send half to retake the lead, as Carla Rebecchi Rosario
Luchetti scored for Las Leonas.
Rachel Dawson tied the game again with a penalty corner goal
for the USA in the 60th minute.
Argentina sealed the victory in the final minutes with
another penalty corner goal, this time from Luciana Aymar. All five of
Argentina's goals came from penalty corners. Despite today's results, the team
has faith is the defense.
"We were unlucky," said Jennings. "Argentina
had three broken penalty corners that wound up as goals. They were very creative
in those chaotic situations. It creates a different variable that's much more
difficult to defend."
"I think Argentina got lucky a couple of times,"
said Lingo. "A couple slipped through."
"We need to be
tougher and get the rebounds out of the circle, because had a stick on all of
those chances before they went it," said Jennings. "We were there,
but we just didn't clear it."
"Our penalty corner defense is rock solid," said
The second game of the five-game series is Saturday, May 15
This is a unique opportunity to see two of the world's top
field hockey nations in action live in person. The 2008 Olympic Games bronze
medalists, Argentina's Las Leonas are
ranked number two in the world in the ABNAMRO WorldHockey Team Rankings and are
in training for the 2010 Women's World Cup in Rosario, Argentina. This series
is the first international field hockey competition on the East Coast since
October 2007, when the USA faced Japan at the University of Maryland.
Admission to all games is FREE. U.S. National Team players will be available
to sign autographs after the Saturday and Sunday games.
Thursday, May 13
USA 1, Argentina 1
Saturday, May 15
Argentina 5, USA 3
Sunday, May 16
Tuesday, May 18
Wednesday, May 19
For press inquires and player interviews, please contact
Jeffrey Gamza, USA Field Hockey Director of Media & Communications at
email@example.com or 719-232-2060.
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