USA Women Easily Handle Canada 42-21

May 30, 2019, 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Moving a step closer to being in the medal round, the USA Women’s National Team (WNT) crushed a young Canadian Women’s National Team.  The game was never close and in many ways was a completely different performance than the day before when they miraculously caught mighty Greenland from several goals behind in the final few minutes.

The Americans opened quickly today as Nicole Andersen continued with a hot hand, ringing up goal number one, followed by impressive scores by Julia Sayer, Julia Taylor, Sayer again, Taylor again, and Ashley Butler. In the time it took the Americans to score yesterday, they had six goals and a 6-3 lead, 6:30 into the game.

Butler and Sayer opened the lead with two more strikes and at 8-3 at only 8:12 into the game it was obvious Canada would not be a match for the WNT today. However, keeping in mind tie-breakers during the round robin portion of the tournament, the Americans could not afford to coast. 

Jence Rhoads and Shani Levinkind fired in two and the score reached 10-4 allowing Head Coach Christian Latulippe the opportunity to substitute early.  Again, playing in sweltering heat, Latulippe knew he needed to balance court minutes to ensure the team had something in the tank for their much-anticipated match against favored Cuba Thursday. His strategy was pitch perfect.

Maria Vallone took a long pass in stride and found the back of the net, and then Andersen went back to scoring and was followed by an impressively well-balance attack with goals Taylor, three in a row by Levinkind, and then four in a row by Sayer. Canada was scrappy and did all they could to drive into the vaunted American defense, but could only score 8 goals in the first 25 minutes. Andersen, Taylor, and Andersen again closed out the half with the USA in front 23-11.

The second half opened with the same level of intensity etched on the American’s faces. They blitzed the Canadian women with goals by Butler, Levinkind, and Butler again to open up. A physical Gascon earned a 7-meter shot for Andersen, who promptly converted for the eighth straight time in the first two games. She then quickly came back and scored her sixth goal of the game. Gascon scored and Levinkind quickly followed with her sixth goal of the game, opening up a 30-14 lead, making the potential for a goal differential a serious consideration for the medal round.

The Americans did not let up and a Rhoads goal was followed by more balanced scoring as Levinkind, Sayer, Zoe Lombard, Levinkind again, and Andersen again. The lead hovered at 20-goals and even though the Canadians found a way to score, the American clamped down tightly on the for the final five minutes as Kathy Darling, Gascon, and Andersen scored to up their total to 39 goals.  Butler then put a bow on the victory with three straight cannon shots to close out the game at USA 42-Canada 21.

The Americans were impressive in a number of ways today, with a spectacular scoring and suffocating defense. They were led by a scoring by Sayer, Andersen, and Levinkind with eight goals apiece. They also had major contributions in scoring by Butler and Taylor who fired in a combined eleven goals. Gascon and Rhoads scored a couple each, and Darling, Lombard, and Vallone rounded out the scoring.

The interior defense was once again stellar. Rhoads and Gascon blocked and got hands on more than a dozen Canadian shots. Sayer and Levinkind were physical and relentless.  Andersen again showed her toughness on defense. Darling spent time supplementing the defense, as did Sif Skov Christensen. Tenacious on the wings were Butler, Taylor, Lombard, Vallone, and Liz Hartnett.

Sophie Fasold started in goal and Freja Dobreff took over for the second half. Both played well with Fasold firing several superb outlet passes and Dobreff flashing signs of great quickness and anticipation against several Canadian attacks.

Head Coach Latulippe was pleased with the improvement over the previous game and has his eyes riveted on the strong Cuban Women’s National Team, the favorites in the bracket, in Thursday’s game.  Game time is 4:00 PM Central Time and will live-streamed on the Comité Olímpico Mexicano Facebook page.

Scoring- Andersen (8), Levinkind (8), Sayer (8), Butler (7), Taylor (4), Gascon (2), Rhoads (2), Darling (1), Lombard (1), Vallone (1).