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Women's Field Hockey Earns First Regulation Win In FIH Pro League With Victory Over China

By Paul D. Bowker | May 18, 2019, 9:32 p.m. (ET)

Members of the U.S. women's field hockey team celebrate at a FIH Pro League match against China on May 18, 2019 in Lancaster, Penn.

 

The U.S. women’s national team struck for its first FIH Pro League regulation victory on home turf Saturday night.

Playing China for the first time in the inaugural season of the Pro League, the U.S. won 3-1 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Team USA scored on both of its penalty corners.

It was the first win in regulation for the U.S. and moved the Americans to within one point of Great Britain, which is in eighth place in the league standings. The only other win for the U.S. came in a shootout against Belgium in March. Shootout wins are worth two points; regulation wins are worth three points.

Anna Dessoye put the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the game’s 20 minute when she stuck a rebound into the net following a shot by team captain and 2016 Olympian Kathleen Sharkey on a penalty corner.

Dessoye also figured in the second U.S. goal just seven minutes later. She crossed the ball into the goalmouth, where Lauren Moyer tipped it past China goalkeeper Ye Jiao.

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Linnea Gonzales added a third goal in the 40th minute off a penalty corner.

Peng Yang scored for China in the 53rd minute, but U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Bing led a strong defensive effort to stop all other offensive attacks by China. The Chinese had 15 shots, nearly double that of the U.S., and had 14 penalty corners.

The U.S. is off for the next two weeks, next playing on June 1 when it is host to New Zealand at Spooky Nook Sports in .

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.