US Mens Development Squad gains valuable knowledge during UBC series
The U.S. Men's Development Squad left the Olympic Training Center pitch in Chula Vista, Cali. victorious after winning to their opponent the University of British Columbia (UBC) 4-1 in their third match of a week-long series. In addition to the victory, the U.S. athletes are learning the tactical lessons absorbed while competing in these intentional matches are more valuable than the score when the final whistle blows.
“The results are not the priority however the process of development has allowed for results,” said U.S. Head Coach Chris Clements. “This is something that the players are now understanding vs focusing on the outcomes alone.”
The USA struck first in minute 33 when a pass was fed into the circle to Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Cali.) who beat his defender and played a back hand into the corner of the net creating a first-half report of 1-0. U.S. athlete Will Holt (Camarillo, Cali.) continued to elevate the squad’s momentum when he meticulously positioned the ball into UBC’s cage off of a penalty corner with a brilliant drag flick in 39th and 41st minutes of play. In the 47th minute, UBC’s Gordon Johnson fired back with his own drag flick to find the upper right corner and secure the team’s lone goal of the game. Before the match concluded, U.S. athlete Manny Martinez (Lakeside, Cali.) deflected an option on a penalty corner in the 68th minute.
“Spending a week at the Olympic Training Center is really a positive experience in my life because it shows me a glimpse of how professional athletes spend their lives,” said Men’s Development Squad athlete Ajaypal Singh (Hayward, Cali.). “The learning curve was steep and helped me reach the next level. The team grows every game throughout the series and each game is a building block for the ultimate result.”
The U.S. will wrap-up their four-game series against UBC tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. PST. Check usafieldhockey.com for more match updates