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U-21 USMNT Finish Series Against Austria

July 19, 2022, 10:12 a.m. (ET)

VIENNA, Austria - The U.S. U-21 Men's National Team closed out a three game series against Austria's U-21 team on Sunday. Although they didn't come away with a victory, they faced a quality opponent in the hosts and used the series to learn and adjust game-by-game.

Game 1: USA 2 - 3 AUT

The U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team lost a close 3-2 match against Austria’s U-21 team at the HC Wien Stadion in Vienna.

 

USA struck first with a skillful goal by Marius Leser (Manheimm, Germany) but the lead was short-lived as Austria responded within two minutes to equalize. Both teams saw even possession and opportunities throughout the second quarter but the score line remained 1-1 at the half.

 

USA organized after the break and was able to capitalize on a chance well into the third quarter. In a scrappy affair in front of goal, Jasper Pouw (Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.) broke the deadlock by batting the ball mid-air into the goal. Austria again found the equalizer quickly from a successful penalty corner conversion.

 

Amar Singh (Santa Clara, Calif.) defended a flurry of penalty corners in the fourth quarter to keep the score level while USA looked to pull ahead after earning a penalty corner. USA was unable to find a result and in the final frantic moments of play, Austria was able to score the crucial third goal bringing it to 3-2 at the final whistle.

Game 2: USA 0 - 3 AUT

Although the U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team started well, they lost momentum and conceded their second match to Austria, 3-0, at the HC Wien Stadion in Vienna.

 

Both teams started in a controlled manner with a scoreless first period. Early in the second quarter, Austria made several surges into USA’s defensive end, earning multiple penalty corners, but the ever agile defenders and goalkeeper Amar Singh denied their attempts. Austria continued to apply pressure and was rewarded for their effort with a field goal making it 1-0 at the half.
 
USA found themselves in more trouble when Austria doubled the lead with a field goal in the opening minutes of the second half. USA showed some promise in the last two quarters but despite their efforts in the final minutes, they allowed one more goal and went down, 3-0.

Game 3: USA 1 - 5 AUT

The U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team dropped their final match of three game series against Austria, 5-1, at the Wiener Athletiksport-Club in Vienna.

 

After a scoreless first half with USA successfully limiting Austria’s chances, the hosts jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third quarter. Austria notched another goal in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter before Leser scored USA’s lone goal on a set piece bringing the score to 3-1.Austria controlled the closing minutes of the game and scored two goals in quick succession to round out the match at 5-1.

DATE TEAM       TEAM
Thurs., July 14 USA 2 Final 3 Austria
Sat., July 16 USA 0 Final 3 Austria
Sun., July 17 USA 1 Final 5 Austria

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