O'Donnell lifts U.S. to 4-2 win over South Africa
DUBLIN - The U.S. Women's National Team had a 4-2 come from behind win over South Africa today at Champions Challenge 1 in Dublin, Ireland. A solid second half performance saw the U.S. come from a goal down to record the victory. It was a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Games, which South Africa upset the U.S. 7-0 in the final match of the preliminary rounds. The result puts the U.S. on the boards with three points, and drops South Africa to the bottom of the pool with zero points.
"We had a disappointing result against South Africa in London and to come out here and exercise those demons was great," said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. "We're very happy with the elevation in our intensity. We knew we needed to get a result against South Africa to get ourselves back in the tournament and today's performance contributed to that."
Two goals for South Africa cancelled out Katie O'Donnell's (Blue Bell, Pa) opening goal scored in the 20th minute and South Africa entered halftime with a one goal advantage.
But, the U.S. were determined in the second half and the deficit only added motivation. O'Donnell nabbed her second goal of the match with a touch from Katelyn Falgowski's (Landenburg, Pa) corner hit. Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) added a security goal when she thundered home a direct shot on a penalty corner.
"We stepped on to the field and played today and played like we wanted to win," said Meghan Beamesderfer. "We wanted to give everyone a heads up on why we are here. We are here to compete and here to win. It was a really good game for us."
Beamesderfer earned her first career cap with the National Team yesterday against Scotland.
"I can't even tell you how good it feels to step on this field and wear the USA jersey. Playing with these women is like a dream come true to me," said Beamesderfer.
The U.S. will take on Ireland in front of their home crowd on Tuesday, October 2 at 1:30 a.m. MT for the final match in the preliminary rounds. Ireland has a victory over South Africa and a draw against Scotland.