|August 4th, 2013|
|42||Placement 7-8||8:30am||RSA - USA||2 - 4 (1 - 2)||Final||x 2|
|USA||15||BOLLES Marie Elena||FG|
Team USA celebrated a deserved 4-2 victory over South Africa to claim the seventh place at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach.
South Africa were put under immediate pressure as Team USA went for an early goal and they got it. Marie Elena Bolles opened the scoring on 15 minutes when deflecting a shot coming from outside the circle. But South Africa stepped up the pace of play forcing their first penalty corner on 28 minutes and converted. After the first shot was saved, Liné Malan managed to follow up and hit the ball towards goal, where Nicole Walraven was waiting to deflect it into the net. However, USA went ahead 2-1 on a penalty corner goal from captain Laura Gebhart. The halftime score was 2-1 in favour of the US girls.
The teams set up a competitive second half that saw scoring opportunities either side. Despite there being no goals, the second half was full of good hockey and both goalkeepers (Lauren Blazing on the US side and second half substitute Nicole La Fleur for South Africa) impressed with their handling.
On 60 minutes Nikki Parsley got her name on the scoresheet on the US’s third goal, firing in a penalty corner. The US girls added another goal soon after, when Emma Bozek scored from a penalty corner on 68 minutes. However, South Africa did not give up and Tarryn Glasby pulled another one back to a 4-2 score.
Voices after the match:
Steve Jennings, coach USA: “I think it was a very hard game. We knew South Africa was going to be tough the whole time and we just tried to stick the game as much as possible. In the second half we scored some great goals, which finally separated the teams. This allowed us to finish the game like we wanted to. I think we did a great job here in Mönchengladbach. We tied with the best ever finish of the U.S. in Junior World Cup history. I think three wins and three losses against some of the best teams are okay. It was a great tournament and the organisation was incredible. The girls loved to play in this stadium, they loved the atmosphere.”
Lindsey Wright, coach South Africa: “It was a very competitive game. We knew this before because the USA are a good hockey team. What you learn from losing is that you do better next time. It has been a great tournament, congratulations to Deutscher Hockey-Bund and thanks for hosting us! Every moment for my girls is a great moment. I hope that they learned a lot at this tournament and that they are able to take it home.”
|August 04th, 2013 at 1:21 am||On Pitch 1 South Africa and USA will battle for the 7th place at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 1:23 am||The umpires for RSA v USA are Hannah Sanders from England and Vilma Bagdanskiene from Lithuania.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 1:35 am||The 7th place play-off match between South Africa and USA is underway on Pitch 1.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 1:46 am||Marie Elena Bolles opens the scoring on 15 minutes when deflecting a ball coming from outside the circle. RSA 0 - 1 USA|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:05 am||29th minutes: @NicoleW_14 (PC) gets RSA on the scoreboard when deflecting a reverse stick strike from @linemalan. RSA 1 - 1 USA|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:06 am||33rd minute: Team captain @LauraGebhart5 converts a PC giving Team USA a 2-1 lead at halftime.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:07 am||Halftime on Pitch 1: USA lead South Africa 2-1 in the 7th/8th classification match at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:15 am||The second half of RSA v USA has started on Pitch 1. The current score is RSA 1 - 2 USA.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:44 am||Nikki Parsley (PC) @nikparss gets her name on the scoresheet with 10 minutes to go. The US girls lead South Africa 3-1.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:51 am||68th minute: US girl @emmabozek scores from another PC to lift the result to 4-1 against South Africa.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:53 am||@Tarrynglasby pulls one back on 69 minutes. RSA 2 - 4 USA|
|August 04th, 2013 at 2:54 am||Full time: USA win 4-2 over South Africa to secure the 7th place at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach.|