U.S. Men’s National Team Solidifies Second Victory Over Mexico
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – August 3, 2014 – The U.S. Men’s National Team made a scoreboard statement by racking up an impressive eight goals and held Mexico scoreless for the entirety of the match. This victory is Team USA’s second win against Mexico in the squad’s second summer series.
There is no denying the sheer ferocity of the red, white and blue’s strength in the attacking circle today. Striker Christian Linney (San Diego, Calif.) began the goal scoring frenzy in 14th minute for the USA. From there the flood gates were unleashed, and William Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) punched three rockets passed Mexico’s defense in the 15th, 21st and the 35th minutes to create a halftime report of 4-0.
“We are pleased with the progress our young team is making,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “The combinations that we are creating over the length of the field are resulting in some great goals and goal scoring opportunities. Today we kept our composure for the full 70 minutes.”
The match pace remained high into the second half when Michael Barminski (Ventura, Calif.) cranked a field goal into the net in the 43rd minute. Holt didn’t settle for his already established hat trick in the first half, and in the 47th minute mark he secured another goal for Team USA off of a penalty corner. With the score now 6-0, the hunger to build up a lead didn’t dip. Midfielders Kevin Barber (Camarillo, Calif.) and Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Calif) slammed in two more goals in the 58th and 60th minutes creating a firework finale finish.
“It is great to be part of this team and it's exciting to see that we continue to get better every match we play,” said Holt. “I am happy that I contributed by scoring four goals today.”
Adding to today’s astounding result, earning his first shutout as a goalkeeper Spencer Reed (Ventura, Calif.) also notched his first cap for Team USA.
The USA started the series with a 6-1 win over Mexico yesterday and will meet their opponents again on the pitch Tuesday, August 5 at 10:45 a.m. PST. Follow USA Field Hockey on Twitter @USAFieldHockey for live updates and be sure to visit the official website for more event information.