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PHOTO GALLERY: Quick Start Leads Team USA over Ireland in Game Two

May 20, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)

LANCASTER, Pa. – May 20, 2015 – In perfect playing conditions, the U.S. Women’s National Team finished in respectable fashion with a 3-0 victory over Ireland in the second match of the preparatory test series.

Just 50 seconds after the starting whistle, Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) found the back of the cage giving Team USA an early 1-0 lead. With an aggressive mentality present in both teams, athletes were warned early about physical play after a green card was issued to USA’s Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) in the 7th minute. For the remainder of the quarter, multiple scoring opportunities and corners were present for the USWNT but none were capitalized.

With positive possessions and scoring chances shifting in from the first quarter, Team USA fought hard in the opening minutes of the second quarter. In the 20th minute a penalty stroke was awarded to the USWNT for an Irish foot behind the goalkeeper. Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.) converted on the chance to make the score USA 2, IRL 0.

Determination didn’t break in the third quarter as Team USA continued to produce shots on cage. Resilient and a solid overall defensive performance by the USWNT held Ireland to zero shots and zero corners in the first two quarters. When Ireland did get their first shot on cage in the 41st minute, USA's goalkeeper Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.) held tough to make the save. 

In the 48th minute, Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.) received a missed trapped ball by an Ireland player and found herself in a 2v1 situation with the Irish goalkeeper. She fed the ball to Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.) who tallied the third goal of the match to make the final score USA 3, IRL 0.

Continue to follow Team USA in their third and final game of the series against Ireland on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. EST at Spooky Nook Sports. Check out usafieldhockey.com for more information. #UN1TED