January 22, 2011
The Canadian women’s national field hockey team were defeated by Team USA Friday afternoon in the second of a four game test series held in Chula Vista, California. Diana Roemer and Katie Baker scored for the Canucks however American Torrie Albini netted the game winning goal with two minutes remaining, lifting USA to 3-2 victory.
Canada took an early lead when Roemer fired a shot into the back of the net off of a penalty corner in the first four minutes.
USA evened the match 1-1, with a goal scored by Albini, her first career goal in an international competition. Shortly before the end of the first half, Canada was able to capitalize on another penalty corner with a direct hit by Katie Baker from the top of the circle.
Canada held the lead 2-1 going into halftime and for the majority of the second half. USA dominated play in Canada’s defensive twenty-five, with five corners and several scoring opportunities. Twenty-seven minutes in, Michelle Kasold scored her third goal of the series when she deflected a pass from Albini into the net. The score remained tied 2-2 until the final two minutes when Albini collected a pass from Katie O’Donnell and drove a hard shot past Canada’s goalkeeper.
The schedule for the remaining two games in the series is as follows, with all times listed in local PST.
·Saturday, January 22 at 1pm
·Sunday, January 24 at 9am
Canada Roster: Abigail Raye (BC), Azelia Liu (ON), Danielle Henning (BC), Diana Roemer (BC), Hannah Haughn (BC), Kaitlyn Williams (BC), Kate Gillis (ON), Katie Baker (PEI), Katie Collison (BC), Kristine Wishart (ON), Marian Dickinson (AB), Michelle Weber (ON), Natalie Sourisseau (BC), Robyn Pendleton (BC), Samantha Smith (BC), Stephanie Jameson (BC), Thea Culley (BC), Tyla Flexman (BC)