US Mens Development Team rounds out UBC series with success
The U.S. Men’s Development Team concluded their four game series against the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Chula Vista, Cali. today on a strong mark with a third and final win of 3-1.
“The week was very productive for the team focusing on defensive principles and creating open attacking situations,” said National Team Head Coach Chris Clements. “The experience that every player gained this week has allowed the program to take another step forward.”
USA came out of the gates with strength making an early statement in the second minute of play when Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Cali.) created counter attack through the center midfield. Sundeen carried the ball into the circle with confidence and aimed a shot low into the far post to take a quick 1-0 lead. UBC athlete Phillip Allmark lit up the scoreboard in the 30th minute off of a corner opportunity where UBC took full advantage to tie the game up 1-1. Will Holt (Camarillo, Cali.) dug deep in the second half to notch not one, but two goals for Team USA off of penalty corner drag flicks in the 42nd and 57th minutes of the match. To finish the tournament with a win was key to capping off a successful tournament. The squad took three out of four games where a lot of learning, growing and developing occurred both on and off the pitch.
"The Central Training Program is already starting to pay off as you can see it in these players professional attitudes, willingness to work and able to play simple hockey at a much higher intensity than past tournaments," said Chris Pothier U.S. Tournament Manager.