Aug. 14, 2009

Courtesy of North Carolina

North Carolina's Katelyn Falgowski and Elizabeth Drazdowski scored goals Tuesday as the U.S. defeated Chile 4-0 in the final game of play in Pool E, securing a berth in the 7/8 game at the 2009 BDO Women's Junior World Cup in Boston.

Four Tar Heels are playing for the U.S. team, with Jackie Kintzer and Kelsey Kolojejchick joining Drazdowski and Falgowski on the squad.

With the U.S up 1-0 at halftime at Harvard's Jordan Field, Falgowski tipped in a hard hit by Julia Reinprecht to put her team up 2-0 in the 40th minute of play. Drazdowski's goal, the final one of the game, came in the 62nd minute of play to put the U.S. up 4-0.

"It was a good battle in the first half," said USA head coach Tracey Fuchs. "We finally settled down in the second half and played with more energy in the second half. Tonight the goals finally fell for us."

With the win, the USA finishes in fourth place in Pool E, with six points and a plus-three goals differential. The team edged India, which also had six points but an even goals differential.

This game was a rematch of the 2008 Junior Pan American Cup championship, in which the USA defeated Chile 2-1 after extra time to claim the championship. The game came up in pregame meetings for the USA, with talk of Chile looking for revenge.

"It definitely came into effect," Falgowski said. "Chile came out hard. They wanted to prove something, we wanted to prove something. We wanted to finish the tournament the best we could. Every team is gunning for each other."

Fuchs admired the team's growth since the 2008 Junior Pan Am Cup in Mexico City. "Our structure is much better," she said. "A year and half ago, our team was a bunch of individuals. Now after a summer of playing together they're really come together as a team. I saw that today. Finally we're playing hockey as a team. It's very exciting for the future."

England won the pool with 11 points after a 1-1 tie with Australia Tuesday, and Korea also advanced to the semifinals with a 3-2 win over India.

The USA will play on Saturday, August 15, at 4:30 p.m. against the fourth-place finisher in Pool F for seventh place. The Netherlands leads the pool with nine points; Germany are second with eight, China (seven points) and Argentina (six points) round out the top four. New Zealand (three points) plays South Africa (zero points) on Wednesday, while the Netherlands and Germany face off with China taking on Argentina in the final game of pool play.

USA 4, Chile 0

#17 - Marta Malmberg (Marathon HS / Marathon, N.Y.), 26th minute - Penalty Stroke
#23 - Katelyn Falgowski (North Carolina, Landenburg, Pa.), 40th minute - Field Goal
#13 - Melissa Gonzalez (Connecticut / Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), 44th minute - Field Goal
#15 - Elizabeth Drazdowski (North Carolina / Mountaintop, Pa.) 62nd minute - Field Goal