COLORADO SPRINGS, C.O. - The USA Women's National Team earned their second win of a five game series against Japan this Easter Sunday. USA held Japan scoreless with a 3-0 victory on their home turf, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
"We had a very impressive performance given that we were aware Japan would be more focused in today's match," said Lee Bodimeade, Head Coach. "The ability to elevate our level of intensity will be pivotal as we go forward towards the Pan American Games.
Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa) scored USA's first goal on a breakaway. O'Donnell faked Japan's goalkeeper to the left leaving an open net for her to fire a shot off. Rachel Dawson (Berlin, NJ) scored her second goal of the series by capitalizing on a penalty corner, sending a ball straight past a diving Japan goalkeeper. USA's third goal of the match came from Michelle Vittese (Woodbury, NJ), who deflected a ball sent into the circle by Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa).
Japan led USA in penalty corners 5-4, but were unsuccessful at converting any into scoring opportunities.
"We knew that Japan was going to come out with more intensity and be a little more rested today, so that was a big challenge for us," said Torrie Albini, National Team player. "I think everyone is pleased with how we responded to their increased level of play and we're happy we came away with a win."
The remaining matches will be played on April 26, 27, and 29. All matches will be played at 2pm PDT at the Olympic Training Center located at 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA. Admittance is free and open to the public.
USA Roster: Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA), Carrie Lingo (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Claire Laubach (Centreville, VA), Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, PA), Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, VA), Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, PA), Kayla Bashore-Smedley (Shoemakersville, PA), Kelly Driscoll (West Chester, PA), Katie Evans (Newtown Square, PA) Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa), Lauren Pfeiffer (Mt. Laurel, NJ), Maren Ford (Lewes, DE), Melanie Brill (Oley, PA), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC), Pam Spuehler (Sudbury, MA), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, NJ), Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, VA), Torrie Albini (Escondido, CA), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, NY), Michelle Vittese (Woodbury, NJ), Brianna Davies (Annville, PA), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, PA)
Japan Roster: Rika Komazawa, Miyuki Nakagawa, Ai Murakami, Keiko Manabe, Chie Akutsu, Sakiyo Asano, Shiho Sakai, Yukari Yamamoto, Izuki Tanaka, Nagisa Hayashi, Sachimi Iwoa, Akiko Ota, Misato Katamine, Kana Nomura, Masako Sato, Aki Mitsuhasi, Shiho Otsuka, Nane Ozawa, Akane Shibata