ROSARIO, ARGENTINA – Argentina was victorious over USA, 4-1 tonight, in the second match of a Four Nations Series in Rosario, Argentina. Argentina was able to successfully convert three penalty corners into goals.
“We started slowly and paid for it,” said Lee Bodimeade, Head Coach. “I think mentally we weren’t prepared. We addressed our issues in the second half and had a good performance, but at that time it was too late.”
Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa) went down on the field shortly after the start of the match, when she took a hard ball to the elbow. Not severely injured, O’Donnell remained in the game. Argentina scored early off a field goal, just seven minutes into the match and a corner opportunity not long after produced a second goal.
Claire Laubach (San Diego, CA) and Kayla Bashore (Shoemakersville, Pa) received yellow cards, leaving USA with only nine field players at two points during the game. Argentina capitalized on a second penalty corner awarded in their favor with a hard flick to the back of the net. Argentina led USA 3-0 going into the second half.
Rachel Dawson (Berlin, NJ) had a scoring opportunity early in the second half on a penalty corner. She made a hard flick from the top of the circle that flew just left of the cage. Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC) had a great save late in the match to hold the score 3-0, however, another penalty corner for Argentina resulted in a fourth goal.
Paige Selenski (Charlottesville, VA) answered back, scoring seconds later. The Argentina keeper went to the ground and Selenski easily found the far left corner of the cage. With only minutes remaining in the match, USA could not come back from a three goal deficit.
“In the first half we were a little lax on the details,” said Rachel Dawson. “In the second half we took care of things that we were able to control and that got us more in return. We learned from not adhering to the details in the first thirty-five minutes.”
Australia and Germany opened the evening with a 6:00pm match start. Germany dominated throughout most of the match, however, was only able to outscore Australia 2-1. Despite numerous shots on goal and scoring opportunities for Germany in the first half, the score was tied 1-1 going into halftime.
“Today I am very happy with our performance,” said Michael Behrman, Germany Head Coach. “We played much better than we did yesterday, dominating throughout much of the match, however, we should have scored more goals. It is great for us to compete against such good teams. I am surprised and proud of my team for their strong performance, given we have not had many practices.”
USA will play their third match of this Four Nations Tournament tomorrow against Australia at 6:00pm local CET/4:00pm 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.
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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