U.S. Women's Indoor Squad Displayed Continued Growth in Germany
The Women's U.S. National Indoor Team concluded fierce tournament play today at the Der Pokal der Messestadt in Leipzig, Germany. After four games, the team finished 0-2-2 at the event.
The final match for Team USA came against UHC Hamburg. UHC Hamburg struck first in the tenth minute off of a penalty corner and again in the 29th minute in field play. UHC Hamburg’s final goal came a minute later during a penalty corner. Despite putting up a strong fight, Team USA was unable to get on the score board, resulting in a 0-3 loss.
UHC Hamburg went on to win the tournament, beating SC Charlottenburg 9-4 in the championship match.
UHC Hamburg was the first team that the women came up against who pulled their goal keeper in exchange for adding another field player at many points in the game. The extra field player added a difficult dimension to the match, one which Team USA looks forward to practicing upon its return to the states.
“This is the first women’s team we saw trade an extra field player for the goalkeeper every time that they had an outlet opportunity,” said Nicky Hitchens, USA Women's Indoor Hockey Manager. “Most of the men’s teams here are doing it, but it really changes the game playing four plus a goal keeper against their five field players for half of the game. It is definitely something for us to experiment with when we get home!”
Despite match results, the tournament was a great learning experience for Team USA as they prepare for the Pan American Indoor Cup.