A Second Half Scoring Frenzy Gives Way for Men’s National Team, Sundeen Earns 50th Cap
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – August 6, 2014 – A near standstill, first half score escalated with excitement for the fourth game of the U.S. Men’s National Team vs Mexico series. Despite a gradual build up in the first half, the United States was able edge out Mexico 5-1 to keep their polished summer series record alive.
“We wanted to improve in several areas after yesterday and that is what we did today,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “We set some clear objectives and the players continue to accept these challenges with some positive performance outcomes.”
The starting whistle sliced through the warm California day causing the national teams to catapult off of the midfield and into the thick of action. Team USA earned attack opportunities but couldn’t connect achieved penalty corners into goals. The first half showed a battle between the 25 yard lines. The scoreboard stayed stagnate until standout striker William Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) ripped a well-executed drag flick off of a penalty corner in the 26th minute to pull ahead going into halftime. There was a shift in play opening the second half when Holt cranked another ball off of a penalty corner into the net in the 38th minute. From there the squad jumped into action and Ranjot Sangha (Sacramento Calif.) crushed a ball past Mexico’s keeper in the 55th mark. Dangerous game flow transferred into Mexico’s offensive end but a big interception landed play into USA athlete Tyler Sundeen’s (Simi Valley, Calif.) possession for a shot to goal changing the score to 4-0. Eager to get on the board, Mexico drove fast into their attacking end in the 69th minute to claim their first goal. The game continued at a fast pace as the seconds trickled down. In the 70th minute, Team USA defender Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Calif.) capitalized on a penalty corner to create a final score of 5-1.
To add the final cherry on top, match goal scorer Sundeen celebrated his 50th cap today.
“I am proud to be part of Team USA,” said Sundeen. “We continue to get better every day, and I am looking forward to continuing to be part of the program.”
The USA started the series with a 6-1 win over Mexico. The following day, the National Team created a victory of 8-0. Halfway through the series Team USA captured their third win with a score of 2-1. The next match in this series takes place on Friday, August 8 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.