The second day of competition at the 4th Sub 20 World Rink Hockey Championships being held in Bassano del Grappa, Italy found Team USA ready for action. They would be facing Australia in their second match of the Tournament, which runs from September 27th through October 3rd.
Right from the start, coach Pat Ferguson had Team USA put half court pressure on the unsuspecting Australian Team. This tactic is usually reserved for a Team of less talent and ability, but we found out by observing their game against France, that they couldn’t keep their cool and handle this pressure defense. Their turnovers were many, but we had a little trouble hitting their cage in the first half and only held a 4-0 advantage at the half time break. The second half, we played the same pressure defense, but played a slowed down more control offense, and it worked very well. They only got two shots to go into our net, even though they shot many times in the game, Our goalie, Leonard Burnett played a flawless first half, but was run over by an Australian player in the second half after they had scored one of their goals. Logan Brewer, our other goalie took up where Leonard left off, and played an almost perfect second half, with their second goal coming with about 2 minutes remaining. An excellent win for Team USA. Scorers for our team were: Jonathan Watson 1 goal, Holland Elkins 1 goal, Nathan Schlessman 1 goal, and Shawn Schmelcher 6 goals. Great Job Guys!
Tomorrow we take on France. GO TEAM USA!!