LANCASTER, Pa. – March 14, 2014 – The U.S. Women’s National Team completed a series of four matches against the Canadian National Squad in their first-ever capped games at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. Team USA left the pitch victorious the entire week against Canada’s strong lineup. Solidifying another high mark, the U.S. Women’s National Team won 3 -0.
Each of the four games was filled to capacity with 500 chanting fans echoing applause and encouragement to Team USA in the world-class Dome Arena. The final night of competition continued the packed-house pattern. The U.S. National Team came out of the gate with lightning in the soles of their turf shoes, maneuvering the flow of the ball at a rapid pace. USA earned a stroke in the 12th minute of play where Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.) launched a lifted ball but couldn’t find the net. For a majority of the first half, Team USA and Canada held play in the center of the pitch. Although corners were awarded to the USA, the squad was unable to translate the opportunities into goals and locked the game at halftime with zeroes.
“It has been a good week for us as we’ve continued to learn more about the players and develop,” said U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham. “Going into the Champions Challenge we’ve still got a bit of training to go yet but we’re looking forward to it and going into that tournament with confidence.”
The USA blasted off of the midfield line to grab early possession in the second half. Ball movement flowed from end line to end line until USA’s Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) cranked the ball from the top right of the circle to light up the scoreboard in the 61st minute of the match. Continuing to attack, Team USA's Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.) tipped the ball into the net for a goal in the 68th minute. USA took no time to strike again when Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.)scored in the 70th minute to create a final report of USA 3, Canada 0.
Three of Pennsylvania’s finest field hockey players were recognized for milestone caps throughout the series. U.S. athlete Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.) was recognized as receiving her first international cap during the first match.Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) received her 150th cap and Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) earned her 100th cap.
“This has been a great series for us early in the year and great preparation to play a really good team like the U.S.,” said Canadian Head Coach Ian Rutledge. “We got better and better as the four game progressed. Today’s game was a great spectacle of hockey for both teams and we’re thankful for the experience of this series.”
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 U.S. Women’s National Team secured another victory Thursday with a score of 4-1.
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