The U.S. Women’s National Development Squad began their tour of The Netherlands on a high note this afternoon at the A.M.H.C. Rood-Wit in Aerdenhout. In their first of two matches against Scotland’s Senior team, USA used three goals in the first half to propel to a 4-2 victory.
After starting out evenly matched in the first quarter, USA broke the deadlock when Katrina Carter (Berkeley, Calif.) received the ball in Scotland’s half riding a few tackles before bursting through a gap and unleashing a powerful shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
Early into the second quarter, USA quickly moved the score to 3-0 with two fine goals. The first one was set up by Kelsey Briddell (Wilton, N.Y.), who made a run from midfield and passed the ball to Kelee Lepage (Honey Brook, Pa.) at the top of the Scottish circle, Lepage then beat one defender before producing a backhand shot into the roof of the net.
Moments later, Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) found room in the circle and was able to beat the goalkeeper one-on-one before flicking the ball into the goal to give USA a 3-0 lead before the half concluded.
The second half took a different tone with Scotland starting in the ascendancy, and were able to quickly make this pressure count. After a series of penalty corners kept out by USA’s defensive unit, the resistance was broken as a well worked routine by Scotland finished with a goal to put the score at 3-1.
The next few minutes saw USA off-balance and were unable to gain consistent possession of the ball.
USA regained their composure soon after and into the final quarter, where Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) converted on a penalty corner rebound to give USA a 4-1 cushion. Scotland responded with an upright strike on the backhand to put the score to 4-2. This is where the score line remained to give USA their first win of the tour.
“It was however a good day for the team and is just reward for the hard work they have put in this year,” continued Hardy. “I look forward to seeing how this continues to unfold in our remaining games on tour.”
The U.S. Women’s National Development Squad returns to action tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16, when they will face Scotland’s Senior team once more at 8:00 a.m. ET.