THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 3, 2014 – The U.S Women’s National Team led a fierce battle against 2010 World Cup champions Argentina today in Holland at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup. As play shifted from end line to end line with no lulls, Team USA was able to capitalize on key moments to clench a tie with a score of 2-2 at Greenfields Stadium.
The Pan American rivals didn’t disappoint a full arena as the match heightened its drama with glowing stadium lights and dense, downpour rain. The USA controlled the ball play on the right side of the pitch with a leading front-foot attack making their forward presence felt. Within minutes of the first half, USA athlete Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) dove and deflected a shot from Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) into the cage. After a video referral request by Argentina, the goal was called back due to confirmed obstruction. Despite the retraction, Reinprecht redeemed the goal by jotting a back-handed shot in the 27th minute to create a lead. Argentina patiently worked the ball back and forth in the middle to locate pockets in the red, white and blue’s defense in attempt to create a scoring opportunity. Backfield veterans Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.) and captain Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.) came up with big interceptions in the USA’s defending end. USA goalkeeper and pure powerhouse Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.) made vital saves as well to keep the score in the United State’s favor until in the 32nd minute mark when an Argentinian player slid a topped ball into the cage to break onto the board. The halftime report stood locked at USA 1, Argentina 1.
“From our point of view there was a good flow to the game,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Craig Parnham. “Going against the world champions, our forward line managed well. Although we're disappointed with the called-back goal in the first half, the overall assessment was pleasing."
The second half boiled down to mental toughness as the temperatures dropped and rain drenched the pitch. Argentina made moves first when Luciana Aymar launched the ball from a direct shot to rack their second goal of the match. The U.S. Women’s National Team didn’t flinch under the immense pressure but kept poised passes consistent and made level-minded decisions with the unruly game clock ticking down. Their patience paid off when ball was flung from the end line and into the sweet spot of the circle where U.S. striker Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.) was positioned to redirect the ball out of the Argentinian’s reach to tie the game with a mere 9 minutes left. The heart-pounding match closed in a 2-2 draw.
"We're very familiar with how Argentina plays," said Crandall. "I think they would agree as well that whenever we play each other there is the promise of a good match. Today I'm proud of the work my teammates put forth."
The team opened the tournament when they took on Great Britain and won 2-1 and will contend next against China (World Ranked 7) on June 6 at 4:30 a.m. EST. All matches can be viewed live by clicking here or watching ESPN3.
Chase the Cup with U.S. by following @USAFieldHockey on Twitter and checking the team’s official website usafieldhockey.com
About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usafieldhockey.com.