Field Hockey Junior World Cup Day Two Update
July 29, 2013
MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany - With group play nearing its close, the United States U-21 National Team fell to the defending Junior World Cup champion Netherlands squad, 5-1, while Belgium dropped its contest with England, 8-1 on Sunday. Two Minutewomen in senior Hannah Prince and sophomore Sam Carlino are competing for the U. S. while incoming-freshman Charlotte Verelst is a member of the Belgian squad.
The Netherlands took control of the match with a pair of early goals; eventually securing four consecutive tallies to hold a 4-0 lead midway through the match. Team USA recorded its lone goal in the 45th minute. Carlino split time in the cage with fellow goalkeeper Lauren Blazing and Prince entered the lineup from the bench 11 minutes into the contest. The U.S. side is tied with South Korea for second place in Pool A as each team owns three points.
Needing a win to keep its hopes of advancing alive, Belgium was unable to overcome England's penalty corner efficiency and its flurry of tallies late in the first half in falling, 8-1. The Belgian team notched its only goal during the 53rd minute of play after the English side opened with six consecutive tallies, including five in the first half.
The United States will need a victory over Ghana on Tuesday, July 30, to maintain its chances of finishing among the eight teams to advance to the quarterfinals. Belgium will close its tournament participation against Spain on the same day.