After a very contested thirty minutes of play, Chile struck first with a well-executed penalty corner to a runner just off the right post. USA had moments of real quality, but lacked the fire and desperation to take control of the game.
The red, white and blue came out of half time with an understanding that they must elevate their play in all areas and do more than just match Chile’s physical play and intensity, but to find ways to surpass it.
In the opening of the second period, USA put the Chilean backfield under enormous pressure, led by the supreme effort of strikers Niki Parsley (Milford, DE), Allison Evans (Macungie, PA) and Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa). After thirteen minutes of gutsy play, a hard earned penalty corner finally got team USA return for their efforts. A sneaky slip left by Molly Murphy (Phoenixville, Pa) to Gerzabek tied the game up at 1-1.
The equalizer energized the team and USA sustained long periods of attack. At the twenty-first minute, it looked as though USA would score another goal, as Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, DE) broke through a mob of Chilean defenders and delivered a sensational twenty yard pass to Parsley, who was sitting at the stroke mark.
USA celebrated as the ball looked as though it had been re-directed off Parsley’s stick past the Chilean keeper. The Chilean defenders questioned the call, and after a quick huddle by the officials, the goal was retracted.
With fifteen minutes remaining in the half, the score was tied, 1-1. The near goal seemed to mobilize the group and inspire even more determination and urgent play. Just a few minutes later, a scurry in front of the net led to a spectacular, diving backhand shot by Parsley. The final score was USA-2, Chile-1.
Head Coach Carla Tagliente was very pleased with the tactical changes, as well as the team’s ability to out-match Chile’s intensity and physicality in the second half.
Coach Pam Bustin "The energy of the defenders to command their backfield was a definite improvement from the first match but an area that the team will continue to build on in the next two games," said Coach Pam Bustin.
Under-19 Roster: Maddy Carpenter (Wilbraham, MA), Adrianna Crovo (Los Angeles, CA), Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, DE), Emily Wold (Freehold, NJ), Nikki Parsley (Milford, DE) Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, PA), Allison Evans (Macungie, PA), Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, NJ), Abby Beltrani (East Setauket, NY), Chrissy Davidson (Reading, PA), Sarah Hospodar (St. Davids, PA), Molly Murphy (Phoenixville, PA), Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, CA), Sydney Kirby (Cleveland Heights, OH) Taylor West (Princess Anne , MD), Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, NY), Jordan Page (Denver, PA), Hannah Barreca (Oceanport, NJ)