Undefeated Pool Play Persists for Team USA by Securing a Victory Over Germany

June 08, 2014, 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Undefeated Pool Play Persists for Team USA by Securing a Victory Over Germany
The U.S. Women’s National Team wins 4-1 against Germany

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 8, 2014 – The U.S. Women’s National Team developed superior game flow to come through with a win in their fourth 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup match against competitors Germany. The red, white and blue solidified a final score of 4-1 to remain undefeated in pool play.

“Germany came out strong to start,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Craig Parnham. “We got through difficult moments and battled hard to stay in the game. We were able to open up the match in the second half and are pleased with today’s outcome.”

The United States met Germany, who possesses a World Ranking of 6th, mid-afternoon in Greenfields Stadium. From the umpire’s signal, both national teams launched full force off of the line embracing the challenge that each game only increases with importance as vital tournament points are at stake. Germany’s attack presence developed early with long leading runs into their attack end. Despite rapid fire drives on goal, USA goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.) and her barrier defensive line weathered the storm to keep Germany scoreless in the first half. Close to rounding out the first initial 35 minutes of hockey, USA's midfielder Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.) anticipated a pass to cut off Germany’s forward movement and send the ball up the pitch. Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) extended her reach to punch the ball into the backboard in the 33rd minute for a halftime report of 1-0.

“Our switch on attack in the second half really came from our willingness and desire to continue to go forward in this tournament,” said USA midfielder Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.). “Sometimes physical switches need to be made but for us, today, this switch was mental and I’m really proud of us that we were able to rise to the occasion.”

With every energized touch and interception over their opposition, the United States grew into their established confidence to change gears in the second half. During the 39th minute mark, an attack penalty corner was awarded to the USA where Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.) sent a sizzling sweep from the top of the circle to change the score, 2-0. The United States hit their stride breaking through Germany’s high-held pressure when USA’s Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) ripped a rocketed ball into the left corner furthering Team USA’s lead. Sharkey stole a ball mid-pass from Germany and released a flawless back-handed shot to tack another United States’ goal. The intensity didn’t dip as Germany drove on to their attacking end. Germany’s Kristina Hillmann capitalized off of quick passes for their lone match goal, however it was not enough. The United States recorded another win in the books with a score of 4-1.

The World Cup started for Team USA with competition against Great Britain where the red, white and blue won 4-1. The team then went onto tie Argentina 2-2. China proved to be another hard-fought battle but the United States prevailed 5-0. The USA will contend next against South Africa on Tuesday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m. EST. All matches can be viewed live by clicking here or watching ESPN3.

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