USA Field Hockey

Queensland offensive controls USA Men

Aug. 11, 2011, 10:57 a.m. (ET)

In a surprising show of strength, USA held off an initial flurry of attacks from the Australian side, and battled back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game late in the first period and locking the score at 1-1 going into halftime.  

At the start of the second half, the USA play actually seemed to stiffen over what had already been a rather resolute response. The USA circle entries and attacking passes fell far short of the Australian effort, and eventually the numbers fell into place, leaving the final score at 3-1 in favor of the Queensland Academy of Sport Development Squad.

The first score of the match came in the nineth minute when a breakdown on the USA side gave the Aussies the ball at the edge of the USA circle. As USA scrambled to correct the error, Brandon Karess, the USA goalkeeper, slid out of the goal to cut down the angle, but when Joseph Reardon, lofted a soft shot at the far net, Brandon stumbled, allowing a rather easy score for Queensland.

USA would have to wait until the 33rd minute to correct the deficit, when on a pressure induced turnover, a blocked shot bounced the ball to Pedro Zepeda, who quickly stuffed the ball into the goal. It was more than fifteen minutes into the second half before Australia added to their score, and about eight minutes later Australia finished the scoring on a penalty corner. Both goals were credited to Joseph Readon, giving him a hat-trick, and man of the match honors.  

Queensland dominated the match in all offensive categories, shots on goal, circle penetrations, and penalty corners, where they had 12 to the USA's 2.          

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