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Jun 06 Team USA Comes Up Short Against Mexico

June 06, 2013, 10:08 a.m. (ET)

The USA Women’s National Team suffered a painful but expected loss to Team Mexico in the final game of pool play, 30-23. The Americans stormed out to a lead and held it as they closed in on the midway point of the first half, only to lose momentum because of sloppy offensive play once again. The American defense was superb and Sophie Fasold and Freja Dobreff played well in goal, but too many turn overs proved costly as the Mexican caught and passed the Americans, to lead 15-13 at halftime.  

The Americans were brimming with confidence going into the second half, but they just couldn’t deal with a high pressure defense presented by Team Mexico. Turn over after turn over provided the Mexicans with chance after chance, eventually resulting in goals. Only outstanding defensive skills kept the Americans in the game, at time closing within a couple of goals during the second half.  Unfortunately, the offense proved erratic and the Mexicans were able to hold off an American charge.

Shortly before the conclusion of the game, right back Latrice Lewis was injured in a scary incident. As she completed a jump pass, Lewis was pushed backward, and falling straight back, she landed on her lower back.  In severe pain, Lewis was unable to move for a period of time due to the trauma. Her injury was substantial enough to warrant stabilization by Team USA Trainer Charla Buxbaum and staff. After several minutes and with paramedic assistance, Lewis was transported to a local trauma center for care.

For the many who watched the game, including family, we are happy to report that Latrice did not sustain serious injury and was later released to return to her concerned teammates. She is very sore and will be unable to play for the balance of the tournament, but is expected to make a full recovery.


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