Team USA makes forward progress as Champions Challenge selection continues
LANCASTER, Pa. – March 13, 2014 – The U.S. Women’s National Team met the Canadian National Squad on the pitch at the Spooky Nook Sports’ Dome Arena in Lancaster, Pa. for their third game of a four capped match series. U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham and his High Performance staff are testing various line-up combinations throughout the week to solidify the strongest sequence of players heading into April’s Champions Challenge in Scotland. Proving Team USA's progress to further build upon each match, USA made their third win concrete with a score of 4-1.
To maximize and leverage USA’s talents on the pitch in the up and coming international tournaments, new starting rosters have been developed for each game of this series. Despite the different roster combinations, a common theme has persisted – the high level of tenacity and pure electricity of high-tempo play has been present in the USA’s games.The U.S. Women's National Team struck early in the 9th minute of the match when USA athlete Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) rebounded a shot off of the Canadian keeper. Continuing the attack, U.S. athlete Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) carried the ball into the circle to find an open left post in Canada's cage during the 17th minute mark to establish a halftime score of USA 2, Canada 0
“It's pleasing to get the win as we develop,” said U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham. “I think we played a particularly good first half with strong tempo and flow of the game. The second half we were a little bit congested and we lost a little speed. Tonight was a good result as the athletes continue to grow.”
The second half presented several scoring opportunities off of attack corners but it was only in the 45th minute of play that U.S. athlete Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) redirected a ball off of a corner to find an open right post changing the score to USA 3, Canada 0. Responding to the goal, Canadian athlete Brienne Stairs grabbed a rebounded shot off of the team’s first corner of the match and sent a powerful hit to the right side of the cage to earn Canada’s first goal. Ball control remained neutral in the center of the field until USA athlete Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) launched a ball into the Canadian cage in the 69th minute of play to round out a final score of 4-1.
The week of competition has been marked with prestigious milestones for Team USA. At the match, another Pennsylvania legend was also recognized with a distinguished athlete landmark. Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) earned her 100th cap.
On Monday, USA created a fierce attack presence in their first match of the series against Canada with a 7-0 win and continued their momentum into the second match where they also won 4-0. The final match of the series will be tomorrow, Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. EST.
**All those attending tomorrow's match are encouraged to wear red in the stands to show Team USA their support!**
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