U.S. Women's U-21 Team Heads to Junior World Cup with Confidence

July 25, 2013, 2:08 p.m. (ET)

MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany - July 25, 2013- The U.S. Women’s Under-21 National Team will be joining 15 countries under the international spotlight at the Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Junior World Cup games commence on Saturday, July 27 and run through Sunday, August 4 in Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark Stadium where the Men’s 2006 World Cup was held. Team USA is heading to the pitch with composure and confidence after two preparation matches against the Netherlands who they will face during their second pool play match-up. 

The event is divided into four pools each composed of four teams. The U.S. has been placed in Pool A, which also features the Netherlands, Korea and Ghana. Pool B includes Argentina, China, South Africa and Canada. Pool C is made up of New Zealand, Australia, India and Russia and Pool D features England, Germany, Belgium and Spain. At the conclusion of pool play, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or advance to the quarterfinal, semi-final and final round.

Team USA opens the tournament against Korea on Saturday, July 27, followed by the Netherlands on July 28. The U.S. will close out pool play against Ghana on July 30. The quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, August 1, the semi-finals on August 2 and the gold and bronze medal match on August 4.

Their third-place finish at the 2012 Pan American Junior Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico guaranteed USA’s attendance at the 2013 Junior World Cup. With four years of training and additional experience, the squad now looks to surpass their eighth-place finish at the 2009 Junior World Cup, held at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.

The following athletes have been selected to the 2013 Junior World Cup:

Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.), Lauren Blazing (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Marie-Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.), Emma Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Samantha Carlino (Kennett Square, Pa.), Anna Dessoye (Mountain Top, Pa.), Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, Del.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.), Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa.), Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, Cali.), Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.),Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.), Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.),Hannah Prince (Gorham, Maine), Kelsey Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.)

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