USA Field Hockey
Final minutes of Mens National Team match showcases the depth of their fight
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – August 8, 2014 – The U.S. Men’s National Team kept fans fixated on the pitch with heart-pounding action that led to the second summer series first tie against Mexico with a score of 3-3 and keeps the United States undefeated record intact.
"Today we put ourselves in a position that required a real character check and test of resilience," said Head Coach Chris Clements. "Our team managed to execute a plan to negate the two goal deficit in the second half and I am pleased in our composure to do this. The players are learning so much through all these matches this summer and are enjoying every challenge they are facing."
During the fifth match against USA and Mexico, Team USA started off well but were unable to capitalize on opportunities created in the opening 10 minutes. Miscommunication led to a goal for Mexico in the 21st minute. Mexico’s hunger to increase their lead was felt when two back-to-back corners resulted in another goal in the 24th minute. Goalkeeper Chris Rea (San Diego, Calif.) and the rest of his fearless defenders weathered the strong attacking force of Mexico. Their opponent’s aggressive presence in the offensive end did not send the United States back on their heels. With five minutes remaining in the first half, Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Calif.) found Michael Barminski (Ventura, Calif.) at the far post to create Team USA’s first appearance on the scoreboard and develop the halftime report of 1-2.
Hot off of the start, Mexico leapt back into the attacking D and scored off of a corner in the 43rd mark. That infamous ‘never say die’ spirit the United States is known and respected for internationally came into full effect despite the relentless ticking of the game clock. William Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) slammed a ball into the net in the 63rd minute of play closing the differential by one. Clements respectively substituted Rea to add a kicking back to the pitch for extra attack pressure in the final seconds. Team USA earned a penalty corner where Holt was able to make the backboard sing with another goal to concrete a 3-3 final report.
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. Wednesday the United States left the pitch victorious 5-1. The final match of this series takes place on Saturday, August 9 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.