A performance of grit and determination in the face of a well-organised, spirited India team was how USA coach Craig Parnham summed up his team's performance in the quarter finals. The USA won 1-0, but the performance was a far cry from the dominate displays we had seen earlier in the tournament.
On paper the match between pool B winners USA and India, who were the only team to not register any points in the competition, should have been an easy match for the USA, but India not only made it a contest, they created a number of opportunities and asked very searching questions of their opposition.
In the first half Katie O'Donnell was the driving force behind the USA team, but all too often her teammates were sloppy with the final ball, and the young India side took full advantage. Rita Rani, the India captain was a creative force in midfield and the whole India team seemed to be answering coach Neil Hawgood's call for concentration for the duration of the game.
With 15 minutes left, the USA dug deep into their reserves of fitness and began to crank up the pressure on the India defence. Kathleen Sharkey, who has had a good tournament, Rachel Dawson and Emily Wold all started to up the pace and pile on the pressure.
The breakthrough eventually came in the 60th minute and it was Dawson who took the opportunity to steal the advantage from a penalty corner, albeit via a deflection from an India player's foot. Seconds later Paige Selenski had the chance to put the game to bed, but inexplicably she missed the ball twice.
There was almost a last minute reprieve for India when a penalty corner strike hit the cross-bar, but as the clock ticked down, India's resolve seemed to melt away. For the watching Spanish team, who will face the USA in the semi-finals, there will be much to discuss as this was a far from convincing performance.