ROSARIO, ARGENTINA – USA walked away with a shut out over Germany in the first match of their second Four Nations Tournament in Rosario, Argentina this evening.
“Today was a great start for us…to come out and beat a quality team like Germany.” said Keli Smith. “We started out the tournament in Mendoza with trouble putting the ball in the net and we finally are overcoming that obstacle. We have a lot of development to go in this area, but it was nice to see that we could score against such quality opposition tonight.”
USA dominated play throughout much of the first half and led in penalty corners 4:1. Sixteen minutes into play, Torrie Ablini (Escondido, CA) tipped a shot from Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, VA) into the net. The intensity level increased with USA leading 1-0. USA was able to capitalize on their third penalty corner, with a fierce shot fired by Albini at the top of the circle.
An injured German player on the field temporarily stopped play late in the first half. A fourth corner for USA did not result in a third goal before entering halftime. USA led Germany 2-0.
In the second half, USA’s third goal came from Katie Evans (Newtown Square, Pa), when the German keeper came out of goal and Evans was able to do a quick spin move by her. Germany led USA in penalty corners in the second half, with three in a row, however, a strong USA defense and Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC) making impressive saves in net, allowed USA to keep Germany scoreless.
Albini came close to having a hat trick and adding a fourth goal for USA, when she redirected a shot from Claire Laubach (San Diego, CA) on a corner, that came just inches from the cage.
“The whole reason for playing in this tournament is to become consistent against quality teams in the world,” said Lee Bodimeade, Head Coach. “We are well on our way in preparation for the Pan Am Games and Argentina and Australia will be good teams to help with that development.”
USA will play their second match of this Four Nations Tournament tomorrow against Argentina at 8:30pm local CET/6:30pm EST.
The schedule for the four game series in Rosario, Argentina is as follows with all times listed in local CET and EST in parenthesis. Highlights and results will be posted to the USA Field Hockey website immediately following the conclusion of every match.
Thursday, February 17
Saturday, February 19
Sunday, February 20
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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