Promise on the pitch grows as ODonnell Earns 150th Cap
Promise on the pitch grows as O'Donnell Earns 150th Cap
U.S. Women’s National Team Athlete Katie O’Donnell reaches a milestone at Home of Hockey
LANCASTER, Pa. – March 11, 2014 – The Dome Arena at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. swelled with national pride as miniature American flags swayed in a cheering crowd of 500 field hockey fans to support Team USA. The Women’s National Team took the pitch for their second game of a four-match capped series against the National Canadian Squad where the USA notched their second win of the series 4-0.
The excitement of the crowd propelled the starting line-ups to replicate yesterday’s energy and put on a brilliant display of international hockey. Play bantered in the midfield during the first portion of the first half. Team USA was able to strike in the 30th minute of match when Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.) placed a beautiful ball off of a stroke into the upper right corner of the cage. The ball play remained locked in the center of the field with bursts of USA attack in the offensive circle until USA Athlete Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) cracked the ball into the net in the 34th minute of play to create a halftime score of USA 2, Canada 0.
“Today’s team was very different from yesterday’s and that’s part of the ongoing assessment for selection,” said U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham. “It was a very different group of players today and we’re still trying to play to our strengths as a whole and stick with the tactics we want to play with.”
“After yesterday’s disappointing result, we came more prepared today,” said Canadian Head Coach Ian Rutledge. “It’s only our fourth time out here on the big pitch this year and it’s great to see the girls make progress. The U.S. is certainly a great team and we’re being measured with good competition. The goal for the rest of the week is to keep improving.”
The USA fired out of the second half with an attack corner opportunity. U.S. athlete Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.) slammed a rebounded ball off of a penalty corner into the cage in the 41st minute of play. Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.) also capitalized off of a corner when she found the backboard on a straight shot in the 55th minute to make the final score USA 4, Canada 0
At the match, a Pennsylvania legend was also recognized with a distinguished athlete landmark. Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) earned her 150th cap.
“Today Canada played a better game,” said Parnham. “So credit to them but there were also pleasing moments for us throughout the match. As the games continue, we’ll continue to grow and give athletes opportunities to play.”
Yesterday the USA created a fierce attack presence in their first match of the series against Canada with a 7-0 win. The matches will pick up again Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. EST and Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. EST.
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