USA Field Hockey
Canada Bests US Men in Rainy Contest
CHULA VISTA, CA – Though the San Diego weather had turned from its usual sunshine to wind and rain, the results on the pitch at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center were unfortunately similar as the US Men fell to Canada 2-1 on Saturday.
Both teams had a difficult time dealing with the adverse conditions as the rain clearly affected pace of play throughout. At the conclusion of the first half neither team had scored though the US had failed to capitalize on two different breakaway scoring opportunities. The second half saw Canada open the scoring in the 49th minute when Conor Meakin deflected an entry pass from Keegan Pereira past goalkeeper Tom Sheridan (New York, New York). The US would answer in the 58th minute when Jon Ginolfi converted a penalty corner but Canada was quick to counter attack and scored in the 59th minute to take a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Goalkeeper Tom Sheridan commented afterwards, “As a team we did not play our best today but I’m happy that we showed a bit of character and hung around. This game was within our reach throughout and I know that I’m not alone in being anxious to get back on the pitch tomorrow.”
The US concludes their 6-game series with an 8:00am (PST) start against Canada on Sunday, February 27th.
Check back tomorrow for the final match report and GO USA!
USA Roster: Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, CA); Kevin Barber (Camarillo, CA); Jarred Martin (Durham, NC); Steve Mann (Clarks Summit, PA); Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, CA); Pat Cota (Palo Alto, CA); Will Holt (Camarillo, CA); Shawn Nakamura (Thousand Oaks, CA); Jed Cunningham (Moorpark, CA); Sean Harris (Moorpark, CA); Arjan Reyatt (San Jose, CA); Tom Sheridan (New York, New York); Liam Walsh (Rockport, WA); Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura, CA); Paulie Kundi (Glendora, CA); Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, CA); Elliott Seleska (Las Vegas, NV); Tom Staddon (Moorpark, CA); Kevin Segeren (Twin Falls, Idaho)