USA Field Hockey
USA take game three of series of Chile
SANTIAGO, CHILE - The first few minutes of play were full of excitement with Chile and USA exchanging well-executed goals. Chile got on the board first with a breakaway in the opening minute of play. Chile rode the momentum and came right back down and earned a penalty corner.
Just when things were looking a bit bleak for team USA, Niki Parsley (Milford, DE) took advantage of a miscue between hitter and stopper, intercepted the ball and gave a perfect outlet to Allison Evans (Macungie, Pa) who was waiting at the midfield. Evans kept the speed by throwing a pass to Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa) who then put a ball into space for Chrissy Davidson (Reading, Pa). Davidson drove the baseline and slid a pass to Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, DE) who was waiting for the tap into goal.
Chile regained control but goal-keeper Maddie Carpenter (Wilbraham, Ma) and the USA defense held strong, fending off several defensive penalty corners. Just when things were getting comfortable for Chile, USA sparked it up again with a terrific build that ended with a Parsley finish. USA-2, Chile-1.
Buoyed by the spirited crowd, Chile began the half with inspired play, scoring two goals within the span of two minutes. The USA team responded admirably, fighting hard for every possession and persisting through the physical play. At the fourty-eight minute mark, Fluharty and Parsley connected on what was almost an identical play from the second game of the series (when the goal was called back) except today, Parsley delivered with a deft re-direct. This time, there was no question! USA-3, Chile-3.
USA and Chile battled back and forth for a full fourteen minutes until the USA broke the deadlock with a brilliantly executed penalty corner. Gerzabek took the ball off the stop and slipped it left to Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, CA) who delivered a perfectly flat ball to Fluharty. The crowd was in a frenzy for the final three minutes, but team USA held their composure to secure their second win of the series.
"I am really proud of how the team fought hard from 3-2 down, and particularly pleased with the finishing and overall productivity in the circle," said Carla Tagliente, Head Coach.
For the final match of the series the team will look to refine the circle defense and put Chile’s backfield under more pressure.
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)