USMNT with Convincing Win Over Jamaica at FIH Hockey5s World Cup
MUSCAT, Oman – In a 13th through 16th placement game of the FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Muscat, Oman, the U.S. Men’s National Team had a convincing win over Jamaica. After peppering their goalkeeper, the Wolves broke through in the 7th minute on their way to an 8-1 victory.
“It feels good to get a win again,” said Pat Harris (Moorpark, Calif.), who had a hat trick in the game. “There was a little bit of frustration when we didn’t get through to the quarterfinals but it’s about looking at the fixes. It’s a new format, a lot of the group hasn’t played that much together, so just trying to focus on the things we can control.”
USA held the advantage in shots in the opening minutes, peppering Jamaica goalkeeper Rasheed Johnston. Good chances came when Sekayki Charasika (Louisville, Ky.) had a batted shot that bounced just over the crossbar and following, Gerald Cutone (Middleton, Mass.) intercepted and combined with Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Calif.). Other shots came from Harris and Mohan Gandhi (Great Britain), before the Wolves got on the board in the 7th minute. A pass along the end boards from Alberto Montilla (Allen, Texas) saw Henzor Motta (San Juan, Puerto Rico) get a lifted touch over the goalkeeper. Harris extended the lead 3 minutes later when he sent a forehand shot into the far corner. Dhadwal rounded out the scoring in the first half, going from distance to beat Johnston down the right side to make it 3-0.
The Wolves continued on the front foot and added four more in the second half. The first came in the 17th minute when Cutone used speed down the right side, turned the corner and passed to Charasika who finished. A minute later, Harris sent a backhand into the roof of the net and a minute following that, Motta received an overhead in the right corner and back passed it to Montilla who one-time sent it in. In the 21st minute, after a challenge, Montilla tallied his second on the follow-up to make it 7-0. Jamaica managed to eliminate the shutout in the 22nd minute when Nickoy Stephenson sent it past the head of USA goalkeeper Amar Singh (Santa Clara, Calif.), who checked in for the second half. With 24 seconds left, Harris recorded his hat trick and made the final score 8-1.
The Wolves will take on Nigeria in the 13th-14th place match at 1:10 a.m. ET.
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