The 13th-ranked USA Women’s National Team was blanked by 6th-ranked New Zealand, 4-0 this afternoon at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. New Zealand netted three goals in the first half and added one more in the second to secure the victory. 

“We came out a little slow in the first half and if that happens at this level you get punished for it,” said Kayla Bashore-Smedley. “We picked up the intensity in the second half and created some opportunities but were unfortunately unable to score off of them. We look forward to starting Wednesday’s game like we finished today’s.”  

USA couldn’t get anything going and New Zealand’s depth proved too much for the home team. Katie Glynn registered a tally in the eleventh minute for the black sticks. Glynn continued her scoring streak, riffling the ball to Amy Tran-Swensen’s upper right corner of the cage in the twenty-third minute. Soon to follow, teammate Cathryn Finlayson fired a shot from the top of the circle that rocketed past Swensen. USA entered the second half with a three goal deficit.

Athough USA came out strong and applied consistent pressure, the team was unable to find the back of the net.

With just over fifteen minutes remaining in the game, Krystal Forgesson set the final margin and finished the scoring for New Zealand. With the win, New Zealand improves to a perfect 2-0 in the series.

USA will be back on the field on Wednesday, September 7th at 2PM PDT. The final match of the series on Sunday, September 11th, will be broadcast live on The match falls on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. To commemorate the day, the team with have a moment of silence before the first whistle and black ribbons fastened to their jerseys to remember those that lost their lives in the tragic events.   

USFHA media release