ESP v USA (SF2)

Champions Challenge 1 2014 (W)

Match Date Time Pool/Class Venue
20 2014-05-03 16:15 SF2
Previous 8 months ago Next
Spain 1 - 3 (0 - 3)
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United States

Highlights

SF: Spain v United States - Women's Champions Challenge I - Highlights

The USA made a strong start to this game, scoring three goals in the first half, and although Spain scored in the second half, the Red Sticks never really looked as if they were going to trouble the strong, well-organised USA defence. The USA opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Katie O'Donnell got a slight touch on a shot from Caroline Nichols. This was O'Donnell's fourth goal of the tournament and leaves her as top goal-scorer with one game to play. She was also voted Player of the Match after an energetic performance.

The second USA goal came courtesy of Kathleen Sharkey (12') who ran onto a hard pass as it flew across the Spain goalmouth. At this point the USA were totally dominating the game and they began to play with some flair and freedom, spraying the ball liberally across the pitch. The third goal was an aerial shot from Jill Witmer (33'), which looped over goalkeeper Maria Lopez de Eguilaz Zubiria's head.

In the second half Spain looked to cope with the speed and athleticism of the USA team a little better and set up some attacks of their own. Lauren Crandall in the heart of the USA defence played her usual composed game, and after the match ended she said that keeping strong at the back so the forwards could run at the opposition had been at the core of the USA game plan.

The consolation goal for Spain came from Lola Riera (56') a hard penalty corner, which flew past Jackie Kintzer into the USA goal. The result means that Spain will play off for bronze against South Africa, while the USA face Ireland in the final. The winner will qualify for the 2016 Champions Trophy.

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Goal Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
USA 10 16 O'DONNELL Katie PC 0 - 1
USA 12 24 SHARKEY Kathleen FG 0 - 2
USA 33 10 WITMER Jill FG 0 - 3
ESP 56 17 RIERA Lola PC 1 - 3

Card Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type Umpire
ESP 5 10 BONASTRE Berta G YAMADA Emi
USA 14 13 WOLD Emily G YAMADA Emi
USA 18 13 WOLD Emily Y (5') YAMADA Emi
ESP 29 5 GUTIERREZ SIERRA Rocio G LIU Xiaoying
ESP 43 21 PEREZ Beatriz G LIU Xiaoying
ESP 48 14 TOST Maria Y (5') YAMADA Emi
ESP 63 14 TOST Maria G LIU Xiaoying

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire YAMADA Emi (JPN)
Umpire LIU Xiaoying (CHN)
Reserve Umpire BAGDANSKIENE Vilma (LTU)
Judge WOTHERSPOON Anne (SCO)
Judge SCHWEDE Sonja (GER)
Technical Officer MORGAN Barbara (SCO)
Tournament Director PARKS Paula (CAN)
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