US Womens Indoor Anticipates a Strong Finish for Final Tournament Day

Jan. 04, 2014, 9:40 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Women’s Indoor Anticipates a Strong Finish for Final Tournament Day

Women's Indoor looks ahead to last day of pool play and finals in Germany

The Women's U.S. National Indoor Team began competition yesterday at the Der Pokal der Messestadt in Leipzig, Germany. After three games, the team is 0-1-2 in pool play.

On Friday, Team USA took on ATV Leipzig 1845 in their first match. Team USA got on the board early with a score from Susan Ciufo (Bangor, Pa.) in the third minute. ATV Leipzig 1845 quickly retaliated with a score of its own a minute later.

Ciufo and Margaux Paolino (Villanova, Pa.) scored for Team USA in the sixth and ninth minutes respectively, only to be answered by ATV Leipzig 1845 with a goal in the 19th minute. Paolino struck again nine minutes later, with ATV Leipzig earning its final goal of the match in the 30th minute. Ciufo had the final score of the match at the 31st minute mark. After back-and-forth play for the entire game, the teams tied at six-a-piece.

Team USA’s first match on Saturday was against SC Charlottenburg. SC Charlottenburg lit up the scoreboard with a goal off a penalty corner in the fourth minute. Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.) evened the score for Team USA in the eleventh minute. SC Charlottenburg struck two quick goals again in the 19th and 21st minutes, only to be answered by a goal from McEvoy two minutes later.

Team USA was unable to hold off the offensive attack of SC Charlottensburg as it scored two more goals prior to the end of the match, resulting in a 2-6 loss for Team USA.

In its third game of the tournament and second game of the day, Team USA battled against Osternienburger HC. Team USA struck early with a goal by Kim Tunnel (Wilmington, Del.) in field play. Osternienburger HC evened the score in the fourth minute, only to be answered by goals by Erin Matson (Chadds Ford, Pa.) and McEvoy in the ninth and thirteenth minutes.

After a goal by Osternienburger HC at minute 22, Margaux Paolino scored Team USA’s final goal of the game at the 28th minute. Down 2-4, Osternienburger HC fought back to tally two more goals before the end of the match, resulting in a 4-4 tie.

After a successful two days of competition, Team USA has one more game of pool play remaining against UHC Hamburg tomorrow prior to playoff games.

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