August 1, 2013 – Tremendous growth and tenacity followed the Under-21 National Team from match to match at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark despite a loss to quarterfinal-opponent Argentina.
USA U-21 National Team Head Coach Steve Jennings with the aid of his reputable staff, Tracey Fuchs and Pam Bustin led the team through a tactical game of mental and physical endurance as a majority of ball possession was held in the center of the pitch.
“I thought we played awesome today. The team was incredible,” said Jennings. “Argentina is an astounding team and I think we just raised our level of play and put them under a lot of pressure to create chances for ourselves. It was a game that was played a lot in the midfield.” Continue reading →
July 30, 2013 – The U.S. Under-21 National Team rounds out pool play with two wins and a loss at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach by defeating Ghana 6-0. After three games of intense play, the U.S. has earned their position in the quarterfinals alongside fellow Pool A opponent the Netherlands, where USA will face Argentina and Netherlands are up against South Africa.
“Tournaments always have two halves,” said Steve Jennings U.S. U-21 National Team head coach. “We’re really excited we got through the first portion of the Junior World Cup this well but now we have to produce to get to where we really want to go. We’re excited to be in the top half of the bracket and look forward to getting the best results coming through.”
Building upon pinpoint precision passing combinations that lead to their attack circle, Team USA was able to capitalize on three corners in the first half against Ghana. Within the first nine minutes of play Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.) was able to find the back of the net. Fellow teammates Marie-Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.) followed suit by placing the ball past Ghana keeper Joana Adjei in the 14th and 16th minute marks. Continue reading →
July 28, 2013 – Despite the cooler temperatures in Germany, competition only heated up at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark Stadium. The U.S. Women’s Under-21 National Team’s second round of Pool A play was against the Netherlands, a team with comparable tournament accolades of previous USA competitor Korea, having been crowned Junior World Cup Champions in 1997 and in 2009.
Although a display of relentless performance, USA earned one lone goal to Netherlands five. Netherlands captain Renske Siersema scored off of a straight shot during a penalty corner in the first two minutes of the game, setting a high tempo tone for the duration of the match, a pace which Team USA challenged and met. Continue reading →
July 27, 2013 – The commencement of the Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark Stadium began in a remarkable fashion for the U.S. Women’s Under-21 National Team.
Team USA took the pitch against Korea, one of the most successful teams in Women’s Junior World Cup history, having participated in all editions thus far and finishing on top in 2001 and 2005. Despite Korea’s previous impressive record at the tournament, Team USA was able to break a 1-1 halftime score and finish the game 4-1.
Although first half Cup play bantered back and forth from end line to end line, Korea held more ball possession. Korea was able to maneuver past Team USA’s defensive line and score when Eun Bi Cheon used a deflection from the bottom left corner in 29th minute mark pulling the team ahead 1-0. Continue reading →
June 30, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team recorded five second half goals en route to a 6-0 shutout performance over No. 17 Italy on the final day of competition at the World League Semi-Final in London, while South Africa beat Spain 3-2 to finish 7th in the competition.
Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) celebrating her 23rd birthday, recorded a hat trick with three consecutive goals in a span of 10 minutes.
While the top three finishers from both World League Semi-Finals automatically earn a ticket to the World Cup event in The Hague, Netherlands next year, there is a good chance that a fifth place finish for Team USA at this tournament may be enough to qualify. Continue reading →
USA will take on Italy tomorrow for a fifth place finish at the World League Semi-Final
June 29, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Team kept their World Cup qualifying dream alive by defeating No. 15 world ranked Spain, 3-1.The U.S. will face Italy tomorrow for a fifth place finish at the World League Semi-Final in London. Continue reading →