The Netherlands Rise Above USWNT 2-4 in First Friendly Match

June 08, 2016, 4:58 p.m. (ET)

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands - June 8, 2016 - In preparation of the 2016 Champions Trophy set to take place next week in London, the U.S. Women's National Team traveled to Holland for a two-game test series against The Netherlands. Today's first match recorded a final score of USA 2, The Netherlands 4. 

The Netherlands came off of the starting line with momentum which Team USA found difficult to contain at the beginning of the match, allowing the Netherlands to score in the first minute of play. Despite their best defensive efforts, the USA gave up one more field goal in the second quarter to create a halftime score of 2-0. The Netherlands tallied another goal to their total in the 40th minute. In classic, never-say-die American spirit, Team USA continued to bring an aggressive attack mentality to the second half of the match. In the 42nd minute Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) hit the target as a result of a penalty corner opportunity with a precise tip that fell over the goal line. The score change 3-1, The Netherlands still holding the lead. The Netherlands answered with a quick field goal to up the score by one in the 48th minute. Still running at full tilt, the USA earned a penalty corner in the 55th minute. Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) was well positioned to send a sharp strike to the backboard to give Team USA their second goal of the match. Although displaying resilience by closing the goal gap, the final scoresheet was marked USA 2, The Netherlands 4. 

“There was a nice tempo to the game and I thought we played well for long periods," said Craig Parnham, U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach. "After a slow opening couple of minutes we grew into the game. We will take some valuable learning experiences from tonight’s performance that we will look to develop through the week.”

A special feature of today's match was the celebration of a landmark achievement for K. Reinprecht as she secured her 150th international cap. 

“It was a pleasure to see Katie Reinprecht celebrate her 150th cap today," said Parnham. 

Team USA will meet The Netherlands on the pitch again Friday at 7 p.m. local time for a final match. Follow the red, white and blue on Twitter @USAFieldHockey for event details. #ChasingTheDream