|17 July 2015|
|9||Pool B||9:00am||USA - CUB||12 - 0||Official||x 2|
To start the last day of pool play, the United States and Cuba played. The United States got on the scoreboard early in the second minute after Paige Selenski crossed the ball across the goal cage to Katie O’Donnell who was waiting on the opposite post. The United States maintained the attacking pressure. Cuba played strong team defense to prevent the United States from having more scoring opportunities until the 12th minute when the United States earned a penalty corner. Cuba’s keeper Heidy Gonzalez blocked the penalty corner shot by United States’ Lauren Crandall. In the final minute of the first quarter, Selenski looked again to cross the ball to teammates near the goal post, but Selenski’s initial pass went into the goal to make the score United States 2, Cuba 0.
The second quarter started with the United States coming out with high attacking energy. Melissa Gonzalez dribbled around the penalty spot and shot a rocket past keeper Gonzalez to put her team ahead by three goals in the 17th minute. Play continued in the United States attacking end. Rachel Dawson converted the United States’ second penalty corner of the match in the 21st minute to make the score United States 4, Cuba 0. By the 27th minute, the score had increased to United States 6, Cuba 0 off back-to-back goals by O’Donnell and Jill Witmer, respectively. At the end of the second quarter, the score remained United States 6, Cuba 0.
The third quarter started with the United States back on attack and immediately with a penalty corner. This time keeper Gonzalez was ready for Dawson’s penalty corner shot. Cuba’s Sunaylis Nikle and Brirzaida Ramos played tight defense near their defensive goal, but the United States took advantage by moving the ball to the top of their circle where Michelle Vitesse was waiting. Vitesse blasted a hard shot into goal to put her team ahead by seven goals. A minute later, Katie Reinprecht completed a perfectly executed penalty corner play to make the score United States 8, Cuba 0 in the 36th minute. Cuba did not let up however and prevented the United States from scoring further in the third quarter.
Like the third quarter, the fourth quarter also stated with a penalty corner goal this time by Katelyn Falgowski. With back-to-back goals by Michelle Kasold and Melissa Gonzalez the United States had increased their lead by 11 goals within the first three minutes if the fourth quarter. Nikle continued to play strong one-on-one defense, but eventually the United States earned another corner. After keeper Gonzalez blocked the initial shot, Witmer collected the ball for her second goal of the match in the 54th minute to make the score United States 12, Cuba 0. In the 57th minute, Cuba had a rare opportunity on attack as Captain Mileysi Argentel ran down near Cuba’s attacking circle. While the United States recovered the ball before Argentel could get a shot off, Cuba kept the United States from also taking a shot in the final minute. Thus, the final score was United States 12, Cuba 0.
|United States||2||16||O'DONNELL Katie||FG|
|United States||15||21||SELENSKI Paige||FG|
|United States||17||5||GONZALEZ Melissa||FG|
|United States||21||8||DAWSON Rachel||PC|
|United States||25||16||O'DONNELL Katie||FG|
|United States||27||10||WITMER Jill||FG|
|United States||35||9||VITTESE Michelle||FG|
|United States||36||14||REINPRECHT Katie||PC|
|United States||47||23||FALGOWSKI Katelyn||PC|
|United States||48||18||KASOLD Michelle||FG|
|United States||50||5||GONZALEZ Melissa||FG|
|United States||54||10||WITMER Jill||PC|