Team USA displays persistent attack during international series

Feb. 12, 2014, 8:33 p.m. (ET)

CHULA VISTA, Cali. – February 12, 2014 – The U.S. Women’s National Team met New Zealand on the Olympic Training Center pitch for another hard-fought match during their second capped game of the international series in California. Although Team USA gained ground in the second half, New Zealand’s offense found the backboard to knot the game in a tie of 3-3. 

"Overall it was a good performance,” said Head Coach Craig Parnham. “It was pleasing to create a number of opportunities throughout the game. I think when we look back through video there will be plenty to take from today's game and refine as we move forward."

The warmth from the sun heightened during the game as the international squads took to the ball with speed in the midfield. Only in the 24th minute of play did U.S. Women’s athlete Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, PA) change the scoreboard with a field goal she swept in from the back post. The game kept a stagnate score of 1-0 at halftime but was soon broken when New Zealand’s Gemma Flynn redirected the ball to earn the team's first goal. Team USA’s offense displayed relentless hustle and hunger with two back-to-back goals in the 49th and 50th minutes of play from Kat Sharkey (Moosic, PA) and Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, PA). Sharkey translated a pass into goal with a near-post backhanded shot while Reinprecht took advantage of a direct turnover on the press. New Zealand’s Anita Punt scored in the 62nd minute closing in on the goal differential established by the USA. Although the red, white and blue only gave up one corner, New Zealand used the lone opportunity in the 65th minute to tie the match with a goal from Sian Fremaux. The even-keeled game closed 3-3.

The USA tied their first capped match of the three nations series on Monday against Great Britain with a 2-2 draw. The next capped match for the U.S. will be Saturday February 15: USA vs NZL 2:00 p.m. PT

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