Defensive Strides Made as Junior USMNT Drops Close Game 2 to Chile

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Aug. 09, 2018, 4:57 p.m. (ET)

GREENWICH, Conn. - August 9, 2018 - After being postponed due to weather Tuesday evening, the Junior U.S. Men's National Team took to the pitch at Sacred Heart Greenwich in Connecticut early on Wednesday for their second game against Chile. Tied 1-1 at the half, USA continued to make strides on their defensive structure but couldn't capitalize on offensive opportunities as they fell in a close 1-2 battle to Chile.

"We showed improvement in our defensive organization for most of the game, and we’re content with that," said Rutger Wiese, Junior USMNT Head Coach. "However, we still have big strides to make both offensively as well as defensively. We’re looking forward to match number three."
USA opened the game quickly with a well-executed penalty corner shot by Finlay Quaile (Tauton, United Kingdom) in the fourth minute to give USA a 1-0 lead. Chile responded quickly with a field goal of their own two minutes later to tied the game, 1-1.
 
Play went back and forth for the remainder of the first quarter and throughout the second quarter with neither team able to break through the other’s defensive units. Score at halftime remained in a deadlock, 1-1.

After the half, the struggle for control continued but Chile earned a penalty corner in the 36th minute. Denied on that chance, they kept up penetration efforts and was awarded another penalty corner in the 39th minute. On Chile’s second attempt, the initial shot was blocked but a swift rebound attempt put the ball in the goal to make it 1-2.

For the remainder of the game, USA limited further opportunities for Chile and rallied in the attacking end in the final minutes but ultimately conceded the game to Chile 1-2.
 
The Junior U.S. Men's National Team will play again, this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET in the third game of the series. Prior to the start of the game is a Free Learn to Play Field Hockey Clinic. Boys and girls, ages 5+, are invited to attend this opportunity to try the sport and learn from the USMNT coaching staff. Click here for more information or to register.

 

For more information regarding the Junior USMNT vs. Chile series, including full schedule, results and roster, check out the official event program by clicking here.