USA defeats Canada in Final Match

March 19, 2011, 7:14 p.m. (ET)
The USA came out and capitalized on the final day of play versus Canada with a 3-2 victory.  

The team was more relaxed and poised, allowing them to use their basic skills and play confidently through their lines.  

In the 11th minute the USA forced the ball down the field and had good circle penetration to force a penalty corner.  With a solid corner attack the American’s kept the ball inside the circle and after a couple of tips Katie Gerzabek put it past the Canadian goalkeeper, giving the USA their first goal of the game and this series.

Although the ball was played in the Canadians backfield most of the first half the Maple Leaves took to the attack and isolated, Adrianna Crovo, American GK, as she came out of the cage.  She protected the goal and brought the crowd to their feet when she kick saved a shot. 

Two minutes into the second half USA’s Aileen Johnson had a pretty goal from field play making the score, USA 2 and Canada 0.  

The Canadians answered back in the 46th minute with a with a field goal by Priya Randhawa.  With the adrenaline of the Randawa’s goal the Canadians went on the attack again and forced a penalty corner in the forty eighth minute; Natalie Sourisseau was able to pressure through the USA corner battery, tying the game 2-2.  

After a tough game the USA were able to control the ball for most of the final minutes and Kelsey Harbin put the ball in the net off a penalty corner giving the USA the lead and the win, 3-2.  

“We’ve grown a lot this week collectively in terms of implementing a structure and understanding concepts.  It was fantastic that the girls could end this series on a high note with a win.  However, the biggest steps for this group were in the process this week – both collectively and individually.  We had to endure some growing pains to move forward and play at a higher level and I think we accomplished that this week,”  said USA Head Coach, Carla Tagliente.  

The USA team heads home today.  Selections for the U19 Chilean Tour will be announced within the next week and half.  The USA will travel down to Santiago Chile to play a five game test series with Chile, April 17-25.