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The USA made their intentions clear with a composed and dominating 3-1 win in the opening Champions Challenge 1 match in Glasgow against Spain. Both teams took their time to settle, but the USA had the better of the first 20 minutes with Melissa Gonzalez and Katie Reinprecht working the midfield well and Katie O'Donnell coming close with a shot fired across the Spanish goal.
It was Katie O'Donnell (30') who broke the deadlock to put USA ahead with a sweetly-struck goal from the edge of the circle. This followed a quick attack which split the Spanish defence, leaving O'Donnell to past the goalkeeper, Maria Lopez de Eguilaz Zubiria.
Two penalty corners in quick succession for the USA produced reaction saves from the Spanish goalkeeper, but despite hard work by the Red Sticks defence, Michelle Vitesse (47') was able to double the USA's lead with a shot from wide right of the circle.
Melissa Gonzalez (55') gave the USA a 3-0 lead; again this goal came via clinical finishing from the top of the circle.
Spain came back stronger in the final 10 minutes of the game and Maria Gomez (62') reduced the USA lead when she scored from a penalty corner. This gave a renewed buzz to the Red Sticks game, but for them it came a little too late to prevent the USA taking all three points.