Indoor USMNT Finishes Top of Pool at Rohrmax Cup

by USA Field Hockey

VIENNA, Austria – The U.S. Men's National Indoor Team finishes at the top of their pool at the 2023 Rohrmax Cup in Vienna, Austria. With defeating Switzerland U-21, 4-2, USA secured their spot in the semifinals.

Since USA already qualified for the Rohrmax Cup Semifinals, the coaching staff focused on the attacking and defensive structure and demand more patience and discipline from all. This could be seen ffrom the first whistle as the squad moved the ball around looking and searching for the openings and the chance to attack. 

USA earned a penalty corner two minutes into the match but were unable to convert. In the 7th minute, a mid-court pick off from Vincent Heller (Stuttgart, Germayn) led to Jack Heldens (Hamburg, Germany) converting by flicking it into the net for the only goal of the first quarter.

Two minutes into the second frame, Kai Kokolakis (Melbourne, Fla.) got on the board to make it 2-0. In the 15th minute, Stuart Kentwell (Spring City, Pa.) improved the scoreline for USA, making it 3-0, off a great passing combination to end the first half.

Five minutes into the third quarter, Switzerland got their first real opportunity and converted on a field goal. This was the only goal of the frame.

Just one minute into the fourth quarter, Pat Harris (Moorpark, Calif.) received a long ball from Aki Kaeppeler (New York, N.Y.) just in front of Switzerland's goalkeeper, where Harris collected, spun and scored to make it 4-1. USA pulled their goalkeeper with 9 minutes remaining to practice the situation and understand the attacking and defensive structure required. Switzerland took advantage of a defensive error and got a penalty corner goal in the 33rd minute. No further goals were scored, with the final score standing 4-2 in favor of USA.

USA went undefeated with a 3-0 record to sit at the top of Pool B. They will play Indonesia at 12:30 p.m. ET today.

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USA Field Hockey would like to thank the United States Men’s Field Hockey Foundation for their support in providing a grant for the Rohrmax Cup in preparation of the FIH Hockey Indoor World Cup.
For more information regarding the Rohrmax Cup, including the full schedule, visit the event page by clicking here.