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USA Victorious Over Canada in Game Two

Jan. 21, 2011, 7:19 p.m. (ET)

USA Victorious Over Canada in Game Two

Contact: Ashley Meunier, Communications Manager

(719) 866-4365, ameunier@usafieldhockey.com 

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2011

USA Victorious Over Canada in Game Two

CHULA VISTA, CA – The USA Women’s National Field Hockey Team pulled away with another win over Canada this afternoon in the second of a four game test series held in Chula Vista, California. Torrie Albini (Escondido, CA) scored the game winning goal with two minutes remaining, lifting USA to 3-2 victory.

“Canada brought the intensity far more than we did. We learned more today than in the first test match and that is what this series is about. Ultimately, we came out on top and that’s what counts for us in international competitions,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade.

Canada took an early lead when Diana Roemer fired a shot into the back of the net off of a penalty corner in the first four minutes.

USA evened the match 1-1, with a goal scored by Albini, her first career goal in an international competition. Shortly before the end of the first half, Canada was able to capitalize on another penalty corner with a direct hit by Katie Baker from the top of the circle.

Canada held the lead 2-1 going into halftime and for the majority of the second half. USA dominated play in Canada’s defensive twenty-five, with five corners and several scoring opportunities. Twenty-seven minutes in, Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC) scored her third goal of the series when she deflected a pass from Albini into the net. The score remained tied 2-2 until the final two minutes when Albini collected a pass from Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa) and drove a hard shot past Canada’s goalkeeper.

“Lee gave us a game plan to execute and it took us some time to get our bearings straight. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but we found a way to finish and took a step in the right direction towards our bigger goals down the road,” said Albini.

Pam Spuehler (Sudbury, MA) and Melanie Brill (San Diego, CA) both played in their first international match and received their first career cap.

The schedule for the remaining two games in the series is as follows, with all times listed in local PST.

  • ·Saturday, January 22 at 1pm
  • ·Sunday, January 24 at 9am

National Team members will be available for autograph signings following the conclusion of all matches. All fans attending the event will receive a 2011 USA Field Hockey calendar. Highlights and results will be posted on the USA Field Hockey website at the conclusion of every match.

USA Roster: Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA), Carrie Lingo (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Claire Laubach (Bristow, VA), Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC), Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, PA), Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa), Kayla Bashore (Shoemakersville, PA), Kelly Driscoll (West Chester, PA), Lauren Crandall (Pittsburgh, Pa), Lauren Pfeiffer (Iowa City, IA), Maren Ford (Ann Arbor, MI), Melanie Brill (San Diego, CA), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC), Pam Speuhler (Sudbury, MA), Rachel Dawson (Camden, NJ), Shannon Taylor (San Diego, CA), Torrie Albini (Escondido, CA), Melissa Gonzalez (Cortland, NY), Julia Reinprecht (Princeton, NJ), Katie Reinprecht (Princeton, NJ), Michelle Vittese (Charlottesville, VA), Brianna Davies (Annville, PA), Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa), Paige Selenski (Charlottesville, Pa), Marta Malmberg (Marathon, NY)

Canada Roster: Abigail Raye (BC), Azelia Liu (ON), Danielle Henning (BC), Diana Roemer (BC), Hannah Haughn (BC), Kaitlyn Williams (BC), Kate Gillis (ON), Katie Baker (PEI), Katie Collison (BC), Kristine Wishart (ON), Marian Dickinson (AB), Michelle Weber (ON), Natalie Sourisseau (BC), Robyn Pendleton (BC), Samantha Smith (BC), Stephanie Jameson (BC), Thea Culley (BC), Tyla Flexman (BC)

About USA Field Hockey: USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for sport of field hockey in the United States and is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at ameunier@usafieldhockey.com, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding USA Field Hockey can be found online by visiting www.usafieldhockey.com.

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