DUBLIN - Scotland withstood a late barrage to kick off their Champions Challenge 1 campaign with an upset victory over the No. 11 world ranked U.S. team on opening day in Dublin, Ireland.
"We knew it was going to be tough coming in today with the availability of players. We started slowly and it unfortunately cost us the game. Although we played very well in the second half and dominated, we couldn't get the equalizer we were looking for," said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade.
U.S. goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa) dived to deny a rasping reverse stick shot, but Scotland's Sarah Robertson was on hand to pick up the rebound and score in the 16th minute of play. Robertson's goal was the lone goal of the match and proved to be enough for Scotland to clinch the win on opening day.
"It was fun to take the field again," said Olympian Rachel Dawson. "It is the most healing thing ever to play and compete and get back on the field where we belong. The result was disappointing. We had a lot things to work through in the first with new players playing together, and even though we got it together in the second half, we were unable get any result."
Meghan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, IA), Meghan Dawson (Berlin, NJ), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, VA) and Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa) took the field for the first time with the U.S. Women's National Team, earning their first National Team career cap.
"Being on the team for so long, it reminds you of where you come from and what these players have to strive for and how proud they are to earn their first cap," said Dawson. "Seeing that look of excitement and pride in their eyes when taking the field reminds you that this is awesome and this is really what it is all about."
The U.S. is hoping for to start strong from the opening whistle against South Africa on Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
"The intensity and discipline we need to play with cost us in the first half of today's game and that needs to be evident tomorrow against a top opponent like South Africa," said Bodimeade.
The match can be viewed live at www.aertv.ie.