MENDOZA, ARGENTINA – After a tough 5-0 loss to Argentina last night, the USA Women’s National Team fought hard for victory in their match against Australia this evening. Unfortunately, the women fell just shy and Australia walked away with a 1-0 win in the second of four matches of the Four Nations Tournament in Mendoza, Argentina.
In last night’s match against Argentina, USA was able to pick up the tempo in the second half and hold Argentina scoreless, a huge turnaround from the first half with five goals scored on them.
“It’s always going to be tough against the World Champions," said Lee Bodimeade, Head Coach. "Argentina had a big crowd and we made some poor errors that we paid the price for. We played a lot better in the second half and we’re much happier with the way we were able to finish the game.”
In tonight’s match, USA held Australia scoreless in the first half. Australia’s goal came late in the second half, too late for USA to answer back. Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC) suffered a minor injury to her back when she made a save and got tangled up with an Australian player. Kintzer was able to finish off the match without hesitation.
“We played very well against quality opposition,” said Bodimeade. “We are very disappointed we couldn’t come away with a win given the position we had in the game. Saturday’s match against Germany is another opportunity for us to progress as a team and as individuals. We are seven weeks into our program that is preparing us to peak at the Pan American Games and playing Germany is another big step in that direction.”
The schedule for the remaining matches in the series is as follows, with all times listed in local CET and EST.
Following the conclusion of this series, USA will travel to Rosario, Argentina for a second Four Nations Tournament, February 16-20.
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USA Roster: Torrie Albini (Escondido, CA), Kayla Bashore (Shoemakersville, Pa), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, NJ), Katie Evans (Newtown Square, Pa), Maren Ford (Ann Arbor, MI), Melissa Gonzalez (Cortland, NY), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC), Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC), Claire Laubach (Bristow, VA), Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA), Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa), Lauren Pffeifer (Iowa City, IA), Paige Selenski (Charlottesville, Pa), Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa), Pam Speuhler (Sudbury, MA), Shannon Taylor (San Diego, CA), Michelle Vittese (Charlottesville, VA)
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