U.S. Women's National Team tops No. 8 Korea 2-1 at Four Nations Tournament
WHANGAREI, New Zealand – April 11, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a 2-1 win against No. 8 Korea as striker Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and midfielder Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) nabbed a goal in the 66th minute to seal the victory. The first of two Four Nations tournaments in New Zealand featuring Argentina, Korea, New Zealand and the United States kicked off on April 10. The U.S. will play their final match against New Zealand on Saturday, April 13 before the playoffs on Sunday, April 14. Both weekend matches will be streamed live on the Hockey New Zealand website.
"I am pleased to get a result tonight,” head coach Craig Parnham said. “It was a good performance to negate a very strong Korean team and restrict them to limited chances. This Four Nations is providing invaluable exposure for a young group to see three very different styles of international hockey."
The U.S. opened strong on attack and applied immediate pressure. Albini used her strength to send the ball past Korea’s goalkeeper on a U.S. penalty corner in the 2nd minute. The early 1-0 lead gave Team USA an increased boost of energy. Korea capitalized in the 31st minute with a penalty corner goal to draw the match 1-1 at the end of the first half.
Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.) is already making an immediate impact in her first tournament with Team USA, carrying the ball to the top of the circle and taking a shot on goal late in the second half. Dawson deflected Parsley’s ball into the net, scoring the game-winning goal in the 66th minute.
"It is very rewarding to get this result,” said U.S. National Team defender Stefanie Fee. “We have been working hard and it's nice for our young group to achieve a victory against such a strong side."
The U.S. roster features thirteen athletes with less than 10 caps, including five collegiate athletes who made their debut with Team USA in the opening match on April 10 against Argentina.
Team USA will face New Zealand in their final match on Saturday, April 13 before the playoffs on Sunday, April 14. New Zealand has a 1-1 record in the tournament, defeating Argentina 2-1 and falling to Korea 4-3. Both weekend matches will be streamed live on the Hockey New Zealand website.