|September 29th, 2012|
|4||Pool B||5:30pm||USA - SCO||0 - 1 (0 - 1)||Final|
Scotland withstood a late barrage to start their Champions Challenge I campaign with victory over the USA, upsetting the world rankings for the second game running in Dublin.
Sarah Robertson’s was on hand to pop home a rebound in the 16th minute for what proved the only goal of the game. It was rough justice on Jackie Kintzer who brilliantly dived to deny Alison Bell’s rasping reverse-stick effort only for it to fall into the path of the on-rushing forward.
It was a deserved lead for the Scots after they looked the sharper outfit against a US side featuring three debutants. But the higher ranked Americans piled forward in the closing phases – despite yellow cards for both Lauren Pfeiffer and Lauren Crandall – and drew string of top saves from Amy Gibson.
Torrie Albini had a couple of digs from penalty corners while Rachel Dawson and Katie O’Donnell were also denied as Linda Clement and co defended bravely to pick off an opening day victory.
|September 29th, 2012 at 11:31 am||Just a few minutes from the 4th final game, USA vs Scotland; umpires: Mariana Reydo (ARG) and Valentina Tomasi (ITA)|
|September 29th, 2012 at 11:44 am||Three newcomers already in the US side for today; Megan Beamesderfer, Rayell Heistand and Jesse Gey making their debuts|
|September 29th, 2012 at 11:49 am||Wyllie agonisingly denied after she nicks the ball on the baseline and evades Kintzer, USA 0 SCO 0, 14mins|
|September 29th, 2012 at 11:50 am||GOAL - Kintzer saves brilliantly from Bell but Robertson pops in the rebound, USA 0 SCO 1, 16mins|
|September 29th, 2012 at 11:56 am||Judge has the ball in the net for Scotland but its too high over the backboard from a penalty corner, 21mins, US 0 SCO 1|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:06 pm||Wyllie set clean through by Kidd's great overhead; Kintzer does well to save with her shoulder, USA 0 SCO 1, 31mins|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:12 pm||Half-time: USA 0 Scotland 1 (Robertson), Scotland looking the sharper in the opening half and deservedly lead|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:29 pm||USA pick up a yellow card to break up what was probably their best spell of the game, USA 0 SCO 1, 44mins|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:42 pm||USA forcing the pace at the moment, Scotland countering. Very tight-knit battle, USA 0 SCO 1, 55mins|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:46 pm||Captain Crandall gets a yellow card for her team's dissent, USA back down to ten, USA 0 SCO 1, 59mins|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:52 pm||Laubach drag saved by Gibson while a Dawson pump is stopped by Clement as US deperately search for equaliser, US 0 SCO 1|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:57 pm||Gibson saves again, this time from Albini as the US pull their GK for the closing stages, USA 0 SCO 1, 69mins|
|September 29th, 2012 at 12:58 pm||Final score: USA 0 SCO 1 (Robertson) somehow Scotland survive a second half onslaught to hold on for opening day victory|