CHULA VISTA, CA – Playing from behind for most of the day, the US men fought hard but were unable to find a result Sunday as Canada walked away with a 5-4 victory. Securing five penalty corners in the first fifteen minutes of play and converting three goals, Canada took a commanding 3-0 lead twenty minutes into the first half. Taking some of the momentum back their way, US player Elliott Seleska (Las Vegas, NV) scored on a breakaway in the 35th minute to leave the score 3-1 at the break.
The US upped the pressure in the second period and Will Holt (Camarillo, CA) once again showed his penalty corner talents as he converted two corners in the 43rd and 56th minutes to tie the match at three. However, Canada would answer immediately with goals in the 57th and 65th minutes to go back on top by two goals. As time wound down Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, CA) successfully converted a penalty stroke but it would not be enough as Canada ran out the clock for the victory.
Though Coach Nick Conway was disappointed, he still found some positives post-game. “It’s definitely a disappointing result, especially having dug ourselves a 3-goal deficit in the first half but we did show today that we’re capable of competing on a high level. I’m pleased we put Canada under some significant pressure and it gives our program a bit of confidence moving forward.”
Striker Will Holt shared similar sentiments as he said, “We’re disappointed, definitely. But this is a good starting point in preparing for the Pan American Games and it shows us the things we need to focus and work on headed to October.”
The US Men continue their training for the upcoming months and will be competing again domestically at the Cal Cup Tournament in Moorpark, CA in May.
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); Mikey Barminski (Ventura, CA)