USWNT Defeat Paraguay in Third Match of 2023 Hockey5s PAC
by USA Field Hockey
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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Paraguay in their third pool game of the 2023 Hockey5s Pan American Cups (PAC). Paraguay kept USA off the scoreboard until the 8th minute, but the United Eagles tallied five within a ten minute span, powered by four goals from Lora Clarke (Shaker Heights, Ohio), to secure the 5-0 win.
"Our focus is always on growth," said Rachel Dawson, Hockey5s USWNT Head Coach. "We grew in our performances today both with and without the ball. Our connections and movement in attack are improving yet we need to be better in our finishing close-in to the goal."
The match opened with Paraguay testing USA goalkeeper Kealsie Robles (Seaford, Va.) in the 2nd minute, but the red, white and blue quickly took control after getting settled. The quick passing and attack in their half didn’t lead to a positive result until the 8th minute when a shot came off the post and Clarke was there to put it in to give the United Eagles the lead. The one goal proved to be the difference heading into the break.
Within the first two minute of the second half, USA tallied twice to extend their lead to 3-0. The first came through Abigail Burnett (Zionsville, Pa.) and the second was built by a great passing combination that was finished by Clarke. In the 14th minute, the United Eagles earned a penalty stroke, but the attempt went wide. Two minutes later, Clarke converted on a forehand strike to make it 4-0. USA kept threatening Paraguay’s goal and in the 18th minute were issued a challenge after Clarke was taken to the turf. Savvy stick skills by Clarke results in her scoring the set piece to make the final score 5-0.
USA returns to the court tomorrow, June 6, when they take on Panama at 3:20 p.m. ET in their final pool game.
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