Maybe it was the crisp fall-like weather that seemed like a perfect hockey day. Maybe it was the mountain of wursts and burgers they put in as fuel last night. Maybe it was in honor of Katelyn Faglowski’s 100th international game. Whatever it was, the Americans came out feisty and pesky and got on the board first against another good German team today. However, when it was all said and done, the USA came up short once again and lost 4-2 to Germany in the final match in Monchengladbach.
After a first half full of quality chances, Katie O’Donnell finally connected off of a beautiful play up the right side by Melissa Gonzalez. O’Donnell collected the ball at the top of the circle and gave the German keeper no chance. The Americans went into half time clearly in control.
Early in the second half the Germans drew seven penalty corners and connected on four to bring the score to 4-1. Each goal deflated the Americans a bit more until they were able to get one back when Paige Selenski collected the ball from Maren Ford from the right side and took the score to 4-2.
Head Coach Lee Bodimeade said, “It was a special day for us as we celebrated Falgo’s 100th international game. She is an exceptional player and has become a respected leader on the Team. We played well enough to be more than a goal in front going into half-time and had an opportunity to take a lot of wind out of the Germany sail into the second half. Unfortunately, at this level, when you keep good teams in the game you run the risk of paying the price on the scoreboard. Although we were able to lift our intensity to get ourselves back into the game late, the damage had been done. We knew this would be a tough leg of the tour. We are looking to continually improve our game that will ultimately set us up for success at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara this October.”
The Team leaves on Monday morning for the short trip to Antwerp, Belgium. The USA will take on Belgium in four test matches on August 10, 11, 13 and 14.
Summing up the German series, striker Pagie Selenski said, “I thought this was a good learning experience for us. We fought hard but we have some things to work on in the upcoming games with Belgium. We need to keep up our tempo for longer periods and not wait until we go down to pick up our intensity.”