|July 27th, 2013|
|3||Pool A||11:30am||USA - KOR||4 - 1 (1 - 1)||Final||x 15|
|KOR||29||CHEON Eun Bi||FG|
|KOR||30||KOOK Min Ji||Green|
Today's pool A matches both saw rain delays as a thunderstorm made playing impossible. On Pitch 2, the interruption benefitted the USA who came back to turn a 0-1 disadvantage into a 4-1 win over Korea with a supreme effort in the second half.
USA v Korea 4-1 (1-1)
The match between the USA and Korea started with slight advantages for the Asian representatives but the match was balanced for mc of the first half, with few opportunities at either end. Towards the end of the first 35 minutes, Cheon Eun Bi managed to set Korea ahead but the USA responded within a minute as Tara Vittese capped of a counterattack with the equalizer.
It was raining lightly at this stage, but when the teams came back after the break, the wind and rain picked up as lightning started to crisscross the darkgrey sky, and after only 1:12 minutes played, the teams returned to the halftime tents as the pitch became waterlogged. It was almost an hour until the match finally resumed, and the US girls clearly dealt better with the delay, as they came back with determination and verve.
They started pulling away halfway through the second half, when Anna Dessoye scored the USA's second, soon followed by Emma Bozek's conversion of a penalty corner rebound. Korea were struggling at this stage, the US girls had good control over the match, and Tara Vittese piled on another within a few minutes, scooping a penalty corner rebound over the line for the 4-1 final score.
When the final whistle sounded, the USA celebrated their three points enthusiastically, a well merited victory after their superior performance in the second half. In a pool with the Netherlands and Ghana, this could be a crucial victory on the way to the quarter-finals.
Voices after the match:
Steve Jennings, Coach USA: "I'm really proud of how our team played today, particularly in the second half where we scored a lot of goals. It feels really good to start up the tournament this way. It's phenomenal to be here, we're really excited to be here and to start right up with this win. We think game by game and always want to win. We're just trying to do our best in every match."
|July 27th, 2013 at 4:31 am||Pitch 2 is on its way again as USA take on Korea. USA 0, KOR 0.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 4:39 am||PC for USA as the wind and rain pick up in Mönchengladbach. They cannot make use of it, Pitch 2 is USA 0, KOR 0 after 8 mins of play.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 4:54 am||KOR have a pair of PCs but cannot make anything of them. With 12mins to go in 1st half, USA v Korea remains goalless.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 5:01 am||6 minutes to go in the first half, and Korea take the lead. Cheon Eun Bi scores for USA 0, KOR 1.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 5:03 am||USA reply immediately! @tara_vittese caps off a counterattack with the equalizer. USA 1, KOR 1 at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 5:05 am||Halftime on Pitch 2 in Mönchengladbach, USA and Korea head into halftime at 1-1.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 5:18 am||The 2nd half starts on Pitch 2, but the rain is really picking up. After 1:12 minutes, the game is suspended as the rain pelts down.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 5:26 am||Rain delay in Mömchengladbach! A severe thunderstorm has stopped play on both pitches until further notice. We will keep you updated.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 5:27 am||Rain delay in Mönchengladbach! A severe thunderstorm has stopped play on both pitches until further notice. We will keep you updated.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 6:18 am||Pitch 2 has just resumed play. 33:48mins to play between USA and KOR who are currently tied at 1-1.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 6:30 am||With 23 minutes on the clock, USA take the lead. USA 2, KOR 1.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 6:42 am||Another goal for USA, @emmabozek scores a fantastic reverse stick shot from the middle of a crowded circle. USA 3, KOR 1.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 6:43 am||And the USA are on a ROLL... @tara_vittese scoops a PC rebound into the net. USA 4, KOR 1.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 6:53 am||That's the end of the match on Pitch 2, the USA book a valuable win over Korea. USA 4, KOR 1.|
|July 27th, 2013 at 6:53 am||That's the end of the match on Pitch 2, the USA book a valuable win for their Junior World Cup campaign over Korea. USA 4, KOR 1.|