Germany Defeats USA U-21, 4-2
In the first match of a three game series versus the German U-21 squad, USA suffered a 4 – 2 loss. The Germans got on the board first when they broke through the middle and scored a very nice one - time goal in the first 15 minutes of the game. The USA countered when Maxine Fluharty put in a rebound following a shot from Kat Sharkey to even the score at 1-1 going into halftime.
The teams played evenly in the beginning of the second half, but Germany was able to sneak in the go ahead goal around the 45:00 mark. Then the momentum changed completely in the German’s favor as they scored quick back- to- back goals in the 54th and 55th minute marks making it a 4-1 score.
USA was able to regroup and put another goal in, again at the hands of Fluharty, when she deflected a rebound shot from Tara Jennings off of a corner shot by Marta Malmberg. The Americans created a number of scoring opportunities as the game winded down, keeping the Germans honest, but were unable to get any closer than the 4-2 final.
“We played 65 minutes of good disciplined hockey," said Coach Aunslee Lamb. "Unfortunately, we had a 5-10 minute lull that a talented German team was able to take advantage of. Recognizing how to handle a momentum shift and regain control and composure is something we need to get better with and today was a good learning opportunity.”
“KK played a very skilled game with a high degree of perseverance," said Lamb. "She created a solid attacking game while maintaining really good defensive structure with her play.”
In addition, goalkeeper Aleish Widdell was very strong in goal, coming up with some saves at critical moments to keep the game within reach.
“Aleisha has been very impressive this tour. Her leadership skills have been very apparent, both in the Ireland series and in the game today. It has been fun to watch her not only making saves, but seeing her organize her defense and contributing to the discipline in maintaining a solid defensive structure.”