USA Concludes Series with 4-0 Record
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For Immediate Release
January 24, 2011
USA Concludes Series with 4-0 Record
CHULA VISTA, CA – The USA Women’s National Field Hockey Team concluded a four game test series with a 6-0 win over Canada this morning in Chula Vista, CA. USA finished their first international series of the 2011 season with a 4-0 record.
“I am very happy to end the series with a 6-0 win. We achieved a lot of what we set out to do and it is a good start to our year,” said Lee Bodimeade, Head Coach. “Looking forward, we will take a big step in playing in a tournament against the worlds #1, #3 and #5 teams in Argentina next month and that will assist enormously in the development of the team throughout the year and ultimately for the Pan American Games,” said Bodimeade.
USA controlled the pace from the start. Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC) had a hat trick and scored her first goal of the match just four minutes into play. USA was able to capitalize on their first penalty corner of the game with a strong shot from Claire Laubach (Bristow, VA), tipped in by Maren Ford (Ann Arbor, MI).
Canada was unable to get a shot off on their only penalty corner in the first half and was unsuccessful at getting anything past USA goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC). USA’s third goal was scored by Kasold and came in the twenty-second minute of play, when Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa) saved the ball at the end line and directed it into the center of the circle. Kasold was there to receive the ball and get a quick shot off on net.
USA entered the second half of the match with a 3-0 lead over Canada. Less than two minutes in, Labauch put one on the boards when USA held the advantage on a penalty corner. Paige Selenski (Charlottesville, Pa) contributed a goal for USA and Kasold finished it off with her third goal of the match in the final fourteen minutes of game play. Kintzer had her second shut out of the series.
“We obviously wanted to end series on high note,” said Kasold. “It was good that were able to go out and get the job done. We got the goals we needed and worked some things out on the field. I think we are more prepared for Argentina next month when we play some of the top teams in the world. Overall the series was positive for us. We got the results that we wanted even with only a few practices under our belt.”
USA will travel to Argentina in early February for a four nations tournament in Mendoza and Rosario, Argentina.
USA Roster: Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA), Carrie Lingo (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Claire Laubach (Bristow, VA), Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC), Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, PA), Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa), Kayla Bashore (Shoemakersville, PA), Kelly Driscoll (West Chester, PA), Lauren Crandall (Pittsburgh, Pa), Lauren Pfeiffer (Iowa City, IA), Maren Ford (Ann Arbor, MI), Melanie Brill (San Diego, CA), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC), Pam Speuhler (Sudbury, MA), Rachel Dawson (Camden, NJ), Shannon Taylor (San Diego, CA), Torrie Albini (Escondido, CA), Melissa Gonzalez (Cortland, NY), Julia Reinprecht (Princeton, NJ), Katie Reinprecht (Princeton, NJ), Michelle Vittese (Charlottesville, VA), Brianna Davies (Annville, PA), Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa), Paige Selenski (Charlottesville, Pa), Marta Malmberg (Marathon, NY)
Canada Roster: Abigail Raye (BC), Azelia Liu (ON), Danielle Henning (BC), Diana Roemer (BC), Hannah Haughn (BC), Kaitlyn Williams (BC), Kate Gillis (ON), Katie Baker (PEI), Katie Collison (BC), Kristine Wishart (ON), Marian Dickinson (AB), Michelle Weber (ON), Natalie Sourisseau (BC), Robyn Pendleton (BC), Samantha Smith (BC), Stephanie Jameson (BC), Thea Culley (BC), Tyla Flexman (BC)
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