Strong Offensive Showing by U-21 USWNT Falls Short to Great Britain in Third Tour Match

April 23, 2019, 2:11 p.m. (ET)

MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany – April 23, 2019 – The U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team took on the Great Britain Elite Development Program for the second time while on tour at the Warsteiner HockeyPark in Mönchengladbach, Germany. It was a hard fought and thrilling match on both sides but unfortunately USA came up short 0-1.

Although USA had more possession and attacking penalty corners, Great Britain capitalized off of a counter attack in the second quarter. USA generated a lot of offense in the attacking 25 but Great Britain presented a solid defense in the center of the field which made it difficult for the red, white and blue to produce circle entries. USA totaled five penalty corners in the contest but were presented by different defensive penalty corner formations by Great Britain who was able to make good saves in the process.

“We started both halves with a lot of energy and were connecting well in the first, but struggled to generate a circle attack," said Jillian Wolgemuth (Mount Joy, Pa.), U-21 USWNT Captain. "We are excited to regroup tonight and hopefully finish off this series with a win against Germany."

Defensively, USA played solid and minimized Great Britain's goal scoring chances. Great Britain had two penalty corner opportunities that USA stood strong as they quickly figured out a counter defensive structure and proper cover player positioning. Likewise, USA's press transformed and became more effective since their first game of the tournament. The team will present a different challenge to Germany who they will face tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, in the final match of their international tour. These developments will drastically help enhance the performance of this hard working squad to not only shut down Germany defensively, but also to create more dangerous opportunities on attack.

For more information regarding the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team's Tour, visit the official event page by clicking here.