FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 12, 2019
USA starts off on winning note in Finland
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The U.S. ladies started the 2020 World Junior Championships on a positive note with a solid 8-3 victory over the Czech Republic to begin round robin competition in Lohja, Finland.
Skipped by Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska), the U.S. team had two big scoring ends that balanced the attack against Luisa Klimova’s rink at Kisakallio Sports Institute. Farrell and teammates Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.), Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Allison Howell (Solon, Ohio), and Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.) took the lead in the third end when they scored three points for a 3-1 advantage. A single steal in the next end gave them control of the match as the Czechs were limited to a single point in the fifth end. The Czechs would steal a point in the sixth to pull within a point. However, the American ladies scored four points in the seventh end to put the game away.
The U.S. ladies are trying to secure a berth to the 2020 World Junior Championships and need to finish in the top three at this weeklong competition. They return to the ice on Friday night to take on Italy (1-0), which defeated Spain, 6-3, earlier today. To follow along, go to https://worldcurling.org/events/wjbcc2019/.
USA 003 100 4x – 8
*Czech Rep. 010 011 0x – 3
*last rock in first end
Group A Standings:
Czech Republic 0-1
Here is a look at Team USA’s remaining round robin schedule in Group A (all times local, +7 ET):
Friday: USA vs. Italy (Stefania Constantini), 8 p.m.
Saturday: USA vs. Austria (Sara Haidinger), 4 p.m.
Sunday: USA vs. Turkey (Mihriban Polat), 8 a.m.
Monday: USA vs. Spain (Maria Gomez), 4 p.m.
Tuesday: Qualification playoffs, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Semifinals, 9 a.m.; medal games, 2 p.m.
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