|22 July 2015|
|20||Semi-final||7:30pm||CAN - USA||0 - 3||Official||x 2|
In the other women’s semifinal Northern neighbors Canada and the United States played. The first five minutes was a battle of possession with both teams playing strong defense to keep each other from taking a shot despite each having possession within the 23 meter line. In the 9th minute, the United States took the lead when Kelsey Kolojejchick hit a hard ball from the top of the circle past Canada’s keeper Kaitlyn Williams. In the 11th minute, Canada’s Amanda Woodcroft had a fast run on attack and found Thea Culley at the top of the circle but Culley’s high shot was just saved by United States keeper Jackie Briggs. Canada continued to attack for the rest of the first quarter. Stephanie Norlander had a good shot opportunity for Canada in the 13th minute, but the shot went wide. With the United States defense anchored by Captain Lauren Crandall preventing Canada from taking more shots in the first quarter the score remained Canada 0, United States 1 to finish the first quarter.
The second quarter started with the United States fast on attack and earning the first penalty corner of the match in the 17th minute. Canada’s defense broke up the United States’ penalty corner play and a minute later Canada had their first penalty corner of the match. Canada’s Karli Johansen flicked the ball off the corner, but Briggs was there for the save. Canada’s Brienne Stairs had a shot for Canada go wide in the 19th minute and Canada continued to pressure on attack. For the next six minutes, Canada had most of the possession, but the United States’ defense kept Canada from getting a shot off. The next shots of the match took place in the 26th minute when United States’ Katie O’Donnell and Michelle Vittese each had shots blocked by Canada’s defense. In the 28th minute, the United States earned a penalty corner, but Williams saved Crandall’s hard shot. Canada had possession in the final minutes of the second quarter, but the United States prevented Canada from getting the ball past the midfield to keep the score Canada 0, United States 1 at the halftime break.
The third quarter started with both teams battling for possession. In the 32nd minute, O’Donnell ran fast by herself on attack and nearly got a shot off, but the United States was awarded a penalty corner. The United States failed to execute the penalty corner play. In the 34th minute the United State got another penalty corner, but the shot went high. For the next five minutes Canada and the United States continued to battle for possession. In the 42nd minute, Canada’s Abi Raye looked to generate attack near Canada’s attacking circle, but the United States regained possession. In the final minute of the third quarter both teams got really physical in fighting for possession and the stands were full of loud cheering fans as the third quarter ended Canada 0, United States 1.
The fourth quarter started with the United States fired up on attack and Kolojejchick scored her second goal of the match two minutes into the quarter to give the United States a two goal lead. In the 48th minute Canada earned a penalty corner and Norlander had the shot after the initial shot was blocked by Briggs. The umpire however had called another penalty corner and so the apparent goal by Norlander did not count. Canada’s shot on the next penalty corner went wide and the United States regained possession. In the 51st minute the United States earned a penalty corner, but could not complete the play. The United States continued to hold the possession, but Canada did a good job defensively to keep the United States from having many shot opportunities. The United States earned two more penalty corners in the 57th minute, but could not get the first shot off and the second shot went wide. Canada ran fast back into their attacking end, but with solid defense by United States’ Stephanie Fee the United States regained possession. Fee’s hard work led to the United States running back on attack and Alyssa Manley put a goal past Williams to make the score Canada 0, United States 3 in the 58th minute. With the United States maintaining most of the possession in the final minutes of the match, the final score remained Canada 0, United States 3.
With the win, the United States will face Argentina in the gold medal match; while Canada will face Chile in the match for the bronze medal. The final matches will take place on 24 July.
|United States||9||7||KOLOJEJCHICK Kelsey||FG|
|United States||47||7||KOLOJEJCHICK Kelsey||FG|
|United States||58||29||MANLEY Alyssa||FG|
|Canada||43||17||McMANUS Sara||Green Card|
|Canada||50||17||McMANUS Sara||Yellow Card|
|United States||57||14||REINPRECHT Katie||Green Card|