USA Field Hockey Women's National Team Blitz Day 5 of the AtaHolding World Cup Q

2nd April, 2010
By karen Barlow

 USA Field Hockey Women's National Team Blitz Day 5 of the AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier.

CHULA VISTA, CA - The USA Field Hockey Women's National Team defeated Canada today, 3-1, in the final round-robin game of the AtaHolding Women's World Cup Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Rachel Dawson scored two goals to pace the USA.

The USA will face Korea in the Qualifier Final on Saturday at 2:30pm for a spot in the 2010 Women's World Cup in Rosario, Argentina. The Qualifier Finals will be video webcast live.

"It was a tough match," said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. "I love this USA/Canada rivalry we have. Regardless of either team's standing in the world, you get a great contest and that was proven again today."

Before the match, Dawson was presented flowers to recognize her 100th international appearance. She celebrated by scoring two penalty corner goals to lead the USA offense.    

"It was really great to execute a few variations," said Dawson. "The first one was a tip-in, which is unusual for me, and the second was just a straight shot. It was good to get the flow and rhythm going."

Jesse Gey added a third goal late in the game. Sara Silvetti trapped a ball at the top of the circle shot the ball on goal. It missed, but caught an umpire in the shin. The ball stayed in the field of play and Gey knocked it in.   

"We were laughing," said Gey, "because a few weeks ago, we were playing a scrimmage game and the ball hit our umpire, Assistant Coach Nick Conway, and we didn't know what to do, and Nick said, 'Play on! It's still in play!' So when it happened today, I said 'Yes! It's still in play!'"

Canada added a penalty stroke goal from Diana Roemer in the final seconds.

Goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer made her first start of the tournament, relieving Amy Tran. 

"We look at the burden that's put on the goalkeeper," said Bodimeade. "Not necessarily a physical effort, but certainly you have to up mentally for a long period of time. To give Amy a day off, so to speak, was something that we appreciated. Jackie's been keeping very well. We had the utmost confidence in starting Jackie today."

The USA completed round-robin play undefeated with a record of four winds and one draw for 13 points. They finished second in the standings behind Korea, who finished with an identical record and claimed the top spot based on goals scored.

Bodimeade said the team is ready for the final.

"We're about preparing ourselves for the final," said Bodimeade, "and I'm very happy with what we were able to achieve today. I'm very satisfied with our preparation and I don't think we could be in a better position heading in to the game on Saturday." 

"We've been calling the tournament a series of steps," said Carrie Lingo. "Each game has been a step forward, and now it's time to take the final step. It will be an entire team effort."

 

 

DAY FIVE LIVE LINKS

The Women's National Team face Canada at 2:30pm Pacific today in their final day of round-robin competition at the AtaHoldiing Women's World Cup Qualifier in Chula Vista, CA. Follow all the action via live text updates and Twitter!

LIVE TEXT COMMENTARY - USA Field Hockey will offer live text commentary of all USA games. Follow all the action in Chula Vista via the live text commentary!

USA Field Hockey Twitter - Get complete tournament updates through your mobile phone with Twitter!

USA Field Hockey Facebook - Exclusive photos and videos of the USA games and USA Women's National Team will be available on the USA Field Hockey Facebook page!

Worldhockey.org - The official website of the FIH features a tournament specific site with full results and standings, game recaps, video interviews and action photos.

WorldHockey Facebook - Exclusive content is available through the FIH on Facebook! 

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