Argentina 3, USA 1
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WASHINGTON DC - The USA Field Hockey Women's National Team fell to Argentina today, 3-1, in the fourth game of a five game test series at American University in Washington DC. Katie O'Donnell scored for the USA.
Argentina opened the scoring in the 14th minute, as Josefina Sruoga put a field goal past USA goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer. Less than two minutes later, Delfina Merina scored to give Argentina a quick two goal lead.
"We started slowly, there's no doubt," said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. "We didn't carry the same intensity in this game that we did in the three previous games. I don't know the reason for it right now. The pressure of playing five games against the world #2 brings a heightened emotional state."
Carla Rebecchi added a third goal at the beginning of the second half.
A yellow card for Argentina's Delfina Merino in the 59th minute led to a man advantage for the USA. Coaches implored the USA to push forward offensively, and in the 62nd minute, Katie O'Donnell was able to capitalize. O'Donnell received the ball at the middle of the field and eluded half the Argentina defense on her way to the scoring circle, where she scored the lone goal for the USA.
"I got a pass from Katie Evans in the middle of the field," said O'Donnell, "and I heard Lauren Crandall shout from behind that there was a defender on me, so I just ran as fast as I could towards the circle. I took a shot - the goalie was cheating to the far post, so I hit it to the near post."
Umpires for this match were Stephanie Judefind and Gus Soteriades.
The final game of the five game series is Wednesday, May 19 at 4:30pm.