“It was really important that we got a result today,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “Uruguay has had some good results in recent months and as you could see from today’s performance, they are organized in their defensive structures, have a pretty solid group and play well together. It is pleasing for us to have played two matches and won two matches. There is still some work for us to do but I am thrilled that the players have given it 100% in these difficult conditions and they are doing a great job.”
Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) opened the scoring in the 21st with a sneaky slip from Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.). Despite six penalty corners in the first half, the U.S. was only able to find the back of the net once, mainly credited to Uruguay’s defense. Returning from halftime with a one goal advantage, Team USA continued to dominate for extended periods and were rewarded with two goals and a slew of close opportunities.
Lauren Pfeiffer (Mount Laurel, N.J.) made the score 2-0 in the 59th minute on a penalty stroke and Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.) scored the first goal of her national team career with a shot from the top of the circle in the 67th minute. Wold, the 18-year-old attending the University of North Carolina, competed in her first international competition with the national team on Monday against Brazil.
Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) says that the team is coping pretty well with the extremely hot and humid playing conditions and that besides subbing more frequently and a shortened warm-up, Team USA is not changing their style of play.
“It is definitely extremely hot and similar to summers on the east coast with humidity and temperatures around 100 degrees on the turf,” O’Donnell said. “Coming off our winter season, these temperatures are not what we are accustomed to. Overall I think we are coping pretty well. All the teams here are playing in similar conditions so we are all in the same boat.”
The U.S. is back in action against Scotland tomorrow, a team Parnham is overly familiar with. Parnham was the head coach of Scotland Hockey’s under-21 men’s squad and the assistant coach for the senior men’s team from January 2005 through May 2007. He is familiar with the players and their preferred style of play.
“Scotland will play a different game than what we saw today,” Parnham said. “They will create different threats in different areas and we just need to prepared for that. We have a bit of an advantage playing in the early match today while they have the later game. I am absolutely sure the girls will be up for the challenge and ready for this next matchup.”