USWNT Falls 3-1 to Great Britain in Second Home FIH Pro League Game of the Weekend

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March 31, 2019, 9:04 p.m. (ET)

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LANCASTER, Pa. – March 31, 2019 – A brisk, windy evening awaited the No. 12 U.S. Women’s National Team and No. 2 Great Britain on the pitch for their FIH Pro League match Sunday evening at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. After testing each other on both sides of the field, USA struck first in the second quarter to take an early lead. Great Britain, looking for their first FIH Pro League win, responded by scoring three unanswered goals to prevail 3-1.

After exchanging offensive chances to open the first quarter, Great Britain was first to gain a circle entry. From the right baseline, Lily Owsley pushed the ball toward the goal but was quickly stopped by goalkeeper Kelsey Bing (Houston, Texas). Linnea Gonzales (Bel Air, Md.) responded with USA’s first entry in the 6th minute before a Great Britain defender made the tackle. Still trying to find an opportunity against each other, the two squads exchanged offensive chances before Erin Matson (Chadds Ford, Pa.) was given a green card in the 11th minute. USA defended well during the disadvantage as possession remained evenly split through the end of the frame.

USA opened the second quarter with a shot in the 20th minute by Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) that hit the outside of the goal. Moments later, USA set up for their first penalty corner of the game. On the attempt, Ali Froede's (Burke, Va.) sweep was deflected in by Mackenzie Allessie (Mount Joy, Pa.) to give USA a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. The red, white and blue kept the pressure on Great Britain’s defense in the following minutes earning multiple circle entries but could not find a clear shot. A free hit by Great Britain near the 25 yard line was intercepted by Alyssa Manley (Lititz, Pa.) on the pass attempt. Laura Hurff (Newark, Del.) then settled on the loose ball and sprinted downfield, entered the circle before giving it on to Allessie but USA could not register a shot on goal. Great Britain quickly responded, moving upfield and setting up Owsley who powered through USA’s defense to score in the 27th minute. With momentum in their favor, Great Britain kept the pressure on USA, gaining multiple circle entries and nearly made a go-ahead goal as a cross came to Owsley but was unable to finish on a diving Bing, keeping the score 1-1 at halftime.

Coming out of the break, Amanda Magadan (Randolph, N.J.) charged down the near sideline before passing along to Allessie. Great Britain was waiting to tackle the play, denying a circle entry as the visitors moved back upfield. In the 34th minute after a baseline run, Emily Defroand followed up on a rebound past Bing to give Great Britain their first lead of the game. Moments later, on their first penalty corner attempt, the initial drag went off Magadan as Great Britain requested a video referral. The call on the pitch stood, giving possession to USA and Great Britain lost their referral for the remainder of the game. Despite this, Great Britain did not lose a step in dominating ball control in the quarter as they continued to put pressure on USA's defense. Earning another penalty corner in the 40th minute, it was Owsley once again finding the goal on a tip off the drag option, extending her team’s lead 3-1. USA was quick to respond in the following minutes. In the 44th minute, Magadan found herself alone along the far sideline. She fed a backhand cross to a waiting Gonzales one-on-one with her defender in front of the goal, who redirected it wide. In the final minute of the quarter, Magadan sent a sweep on goal that was saved by goalkeeper Sabbie Heesh before Gonzales earned a penalty corner for USA. The final attempt of the quarter was misplayed by Magadan, but USA would head into the last frame with an advantage thanks to a green card to Tessa Howard.

USA began the fourth with two back-to-back penalty corners in the 47th and 48th minute but could not capitalize on either one. Great Britain countered with a penalty corner, but was stopped by Bing in the 50th minute. Moments later, Bing made another save off her glove but set up another penalty corner attempt by the visiting team that was shot wide of the goal. Still pressing USA's defense, Great Britain continued to get into the circle and create scoring opportunities. As the clock ticked down, USA was able clear up field but were unable to connect closer to the goal. One final effort rang in the 57th minute when Magadan crossed the ball into the circle for a waiting Manley who could not connect.

Following the game, Great Britain's Owsley was named Player of the Match, for scoring two goals in tonight's match.

The U.S. Women's National Team has a few days rest before traveling to Brussels to play Belgium on Wednesday, April 10. For more information, check out the FIH Pro League event page by clicking here.