Field Hockey Junior World Cup Update (Aug. 1)
Aug. 1, 2013
MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany - The United States U-21 National Team, including UMass field hockey senior Hannah Prince and sophomore Sam Carlino, dropped a 2-0 contest to Argentina during Junior World Cup quarterfinals on Thursday. Incoming Minutewomen freshman Charlotte Verelst, a member of the Belgian National Team, saw her squad suffer a 7-3 setback to New Zealand as the international tournament draws toward its conclusion.
The Argentinean side tallied its first goal of the day in the 34th minute, using a penalty corner to convert. Argentina added to its lead in the second half with another penalty strike, with the U.S. unable to respond during the final 22 minutes of the contest.
Belgium fell into a 6-0 hole against New Zealand before answering with three of the final four goals. Verelst entered play in the 12th minute as a reserve coming off of the bench.
The United States is out of contention for a medal with the loss and will continue competition at the tournament in the placement rounds, with the squad capable of finishing between fifth and eighth place. Belgium can tally 13th, 14th, 15th, or 16th, based on the outcome of its next contest, against Ghana on Saturday, Aug. 3, and one final game on Aug. 4.
Team USA will face Australia on Friday, Aug. 2, with the winner moving to the 5-6 place game. The loser will be sent to 7-8 place match to face South Africa or Spain. Australia won Pool C with a 2-0-1 record but fell to England, 1-0 in the quarterfinals.