RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It was sweltering conditions again today and arguably the hottest day yet at the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Temperatures soared to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit as the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team battled the heat and Chile, coming away with a crucial 2-1 victory. The win puts Team USA in strong position to advance to World League Round 3.
“We knew we needed to come out and get a result today,” said midfielder Katelyn Falgowski. “It wasn’t always pretty but we executed our game plan and got the job done in tough conditions.”
“I think today’s performance was what it needed to be,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “The conditions were difficult today, the hottest we have played in yet. We would have preferred to play better and there are things we need to work on but ultimately today was about getting a result.” Continue reading →
Team USA played Scotland to a 1-1 draw in regulation before falling in a penalty shoot-out
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 7, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team played to a 1-1 draw in regulation today against Scotland at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA held on to their early one-goal lead until the 48th minute when Scotland evened the match on a penalty stroke. In the end, Scotland prevailed, 2-0, in a penalty shoot-out.
“I thought for 70 minutes of the game we played well,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “We stuck to our game plan pretty much all the way through and controlled large periods of the game. We did not maximize the opportunities we created and sometimes that can come back and hurt you. The good news is we are creating opportunities to score and we just need to be a little more clinical in our finishing.” Continue reading →
Team USA secures 3-0 win on second day of competition at World League Round 2
RIO DE JANERIO, BRAZIL – March 6, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team overcame hot and humid conditions again today to post their second shutout win at the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA scored once in the first half and twice in the second to secure a 3-0 victory against Uruguay.
“It was really important that we got a result today,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “Uruguay has had some good results in recent months and as you could see from today’s performance, they are organized in their defensive structures, have a pretty solid group and play well together. It is pleasing for us to have played two matches and won two matches. There is still some work for us to do but I am thrilled that the players have given it 100% in these difficult conditions and they are doing a great job.” Continue reading →
Argentina and South Africa advance to World League Round 3
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 5, 2013 – Argentina had another perfect performance over the U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team today in the final match of the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Without the victory, Argentina had already secured their spot at World League Round 3 alongside South Africa, but the undefeated squad came out firing, racking up seven goals against the U.S. in the first half en route to a 9-0 shutout performance.
Head coach Chris Clements commented on Team USA’s performance after the match saying, “our program is in an entirely different place than Argentina and other top teams in the world. We are in the process of rebuilding and are exposing young players to international hockey for the first time. We have a very talented group of players on the squad, but we need to play like we deserve to be on the field from the very first minute. After halftime, we did that and I think the numbers prove themselves, but it doesn’t count unless we do it from the beginning.” Continue reading →
Parnham, Wold and Witmer made their debut with Team USA today against Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 4, 2013 – Craig Parnham, making his debut, coached the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team to a 6-0 victory over host Brazil on day one of competition of the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The six team, round robin tournament will run through Sunday, March 10 with the top two teams automatically advancing to World League Round 3.
“We had a pretty solid performance today,” said Parnham. “It was important for us to get a good result and the victory today was certainly what we wanted. It was difficult conditions even with the early (9:00 a.m.) start. In the first half we were just finding our way and getting familiar with the new systems. The second half was much more encouraging and I thought we did a great job and really started to play some nice stuff. Patience we used in the first half paid off in the second and to start the tournament with three points is a good result.” Continue reading →
Pat Harris, Jon Ginolfi and Ajai Dhadwal scored goals during shoot-out competition
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 3, 2013 – The hot Brazilian sun was shining for day four of competition at the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago played to a 1-1 draw through regulation, forcing a shoot-out competition to determine the winner. Trinidad and Tobago prevailed, 5-4, in sudden victory capturing their first win of the tournament.
Head coach Chris Clements said speed, strength and energy was something they identified as a strength for Trinidad and Tobago but fatigue and decision making under pressure and exhaustion was a determining factor today.
“(Speed, strength and energy) was exactly what we identified as one of their strengths and we were able to contain them in the first half but we eased off that pressure in the second half and failed to take chances,” said Clements. “We had three opportunities where we should have put the ball in the back of the net and the game would have been much different.” Continue reading →