USA Field Hockey

Jun 17 USA Take Game 2 in Trinidad Series

June 17, 2011, 1:57 a.m. (ET)

MOORPARK, CA - It took a full seventy minutes, but the USA Men’s Team once again walked away with a victory as they bested Trinidad and Tobago, 3-2. Pat Harris (Moorpark, CA) led the way for the Americans with three penalty corner goals.

The first ten minutes of the game was awarded to a motivated Trinidad Squad. By dropping a midfielder to defense, the Trinidadians were able to utilize their speedy half-backs by sending them unmanned into the offensive zone. The strategy worked in the eighth minute as Mickel Pierre received the ball behind the American defense and lifted the ball over a diving Andrew Zayac (Columbia, MD) for the early 1-0 advantage.

The game continued with back and forth play until the twenty-fourth minute when USA secured a penalty corner that would be sent to the back of the net by Harris to equalize the score. However, Trinidad would respond less than a minute later when Atiba Whittington capitalized on another American defensive gaffe, leaving him one-on-one with the goalkeeper and leading to an easy goal.  

Although USA earned another penalty corner in the waning seconds, a tremendous save by goalkeeper Karlos Stephen helped Trinidad hold a 2-1 lead at the half.

The second half opened with much of the same back and forth play, but it was the Americans who stuck first in the thirty-ninth minute. Harris once again drag flicked a shot past a diving Trinidad goalkeeper to once again even the score. His shot energized the crowd of nearly two hundred supporters as they chanted "USA! USA!"

As the match continued both sides saw scoring opportunities go unrealized and it appeared as though the game was on the verge of being a draw.  It was not to be, though. One last American penalty corner was granted in the sixty-ninth minute.  As he had done earlier, Harris once again beat the goalkeeper to give  USA a 3-2 advantage and the victory.  

"It's great for our team to get a come-from-behind victory today especially when we weren't firing on all cylinders,” said Chris Clements, USA Men’s National Team Assistant Coach. “We'll definitely look to clean up some aspects, especially in our one-on-one defense and our ability to take advantage of scoring opportunities. But we are pleased with today's result."

The series will resume Saturday morning with a 10:30am (PDT) start.  Keep checking usafieldhockey.com, facebook and twitter for updates. GO USA!

USA Roster:Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, CA); Steve Mann (NY, NY); Moritz Runzi (Boston, MA); Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, CA); Pat Harris (Moorpark, CA); Sean Harris (Moorpark, CA); Pat Cota (Camarillo, CA); Will Holt (Camarillo, CA); Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura, CA); Rob Schilling (Moorpark, CA); Liam Walsh (Rockport, WA); Elliott Seleska (Las Vegas, NV); Michiel Dijxhoorn (Tampa, FL); Jarred Martin (Albany, NY); Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, CA); Shawn Nakamura (Thousand Oaks, CA); Christian Linney (La Jolla, CA); Andrew Zayac (Columbia, MD) 

It took a full seventy minutes, but the USA Men’s Team once again walked away with a victory as they bested Trinidad and Tobago, 3-2. Pat Harris (Moorpark, CA) led the way for the Americans with three penalty corner goals.

The first ten minutes of the game was awarded to a motivated Trinidad Squad. By dropping a midfielder to defense, the Trinidadians were able to utilize their speedy half-backs by sending them unmanned into the offensive zone. The strategy worked in the eighth minute as Mickel Pierre received the ball behind the American defense and lifted the ball over a diving Andrew Zayac (Columbia, MD) for the early 1-0 advantage.

The game continued with back and forth play until the twenty-fourth minute when USA secured a penalty corner that would be sent to the back of the net by Harris to equalize the score. However, Trinidad would respond less than a minute later when Atiba Whittington capitalized on another American defensive gaffe, leaving him one-on-one with the goalkeeper and leading to an easy goal.  

Although USA earned another penalty corner in the waning seconds, a tremendous save by goalkeeper Karlos Stephen helped Trinidad hold a 2-1 lead at the half.

The second half opened with much of the same back and forth play, but it was the Americans who stuck first in the thirty-ninth minute. Harris once again drag flicked a shot past a diving Trinidad goalkeeper to once again even the score. His shot energized the crowd of nearly two hundred supporters as they chanted "USA! USA!"

As the match continued both sides saw scoring opportunities go unrealized and it appeared as though the game was on the verge of being a draw.  It was not to be, though. One last American penalty corner was granted in the sixty-ninth minute.  As he had done earlier, Harris once again beat the goalkeeper to give  USA a 3-2 advantage and the victory.  

"It's great for our team to get a come-from-behind victory today especially when we weren't firing on all cylinders,” said Chris Clements, USA Men’s National Team Assistant Coach. “We'll definitely look to clean up some aspects, especially in our one-on-one defense and our ability to take advantage of scoring opportunities. But we are pleased with today's result."

The series will resume Saturday morning with a 10:30am (PDT) start.  Keep checking usafieldhockey.com, facebook and twitter for updates. GO USA!

USA Roster:Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, CA); Steve Mann (NY, NY); Moritz Runzi (Boston, MA); Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, CA); Pat Harris (Moorpark, CA); Sean Harris (Moorpark, CA); Pat Cota (Camarillo, CA); Will Holt (Camarillo, CA); Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura, CA); Rob Schilling (Moorpark, CA); Liam Walsh (Rockport, WA); Elliott Seleska (Las Vegas, NV); Michiel Dijxhoorn (Tampa, FL); Jarred Martin (Albany, NY); Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, CA); Shawn Nakamura (Thousand Oaks, CA); Christian Linney (La Jolla, CA); Andrew Zayac (Columbia, MD)
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