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.
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.
|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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