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The 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup is the premier showcase for the world’s top junior field hockey teams. The sixteen finest women’s under-21 national teams from around the world are competing at Harvard University’s Jordan Field through August 16, 2009. USA Field Hockey, the national governing body for field hockey in the United States, hosts the event.

The sixteen national teams competing in the tournament are: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, India, Lithuania, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and the United States.

The 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup is the largest international field hockey event ever to be held in the United States. Almost 300 athletes from sixteen nations will participate in the tournament. Held every four years, the BDO Women’s Junior World Cup represents the top international event for international field hockey athletes under the age of 21. Now in its sixth edition, the tournament debuted in Ottawa, Canada in 1989, with the most recent event held in Santiago, Chile in 2005.

1989 – Ottawa, Canada (Germany)
1993 – Terrassa, Spain (Argentina)
1997 – Seongnam, Korea (Netherlands)
2001 – Buenos Aires, Argentina (Korea)
2005 – Santiago, Chile (Korea)

Saturday, Aug. 15
China 8, United States 2
USA Takes Eighth at 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup

The USA Women’s Junior National Team finished eighth at the 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup, falling to China 8-2 today at Jordan Field at Harvard. Camille Ghandi and Julie Reinprecht scored for the USA.

The Americans fell behind 1-0 in the 11th minute of play as Zhang Wen Ting scored a field goal, but the Yanks and the Chinese held ground for the next 20 minutes until Zhao Yu Diao scored back to back goals in the 31st and 35th minutes to put China up 3-0 at the break, despite four saves from Alesha Widdall.

The Chinese star continued her prowess in the opening minutes of the second half, again scoring back-to-back goals three minutes apart, connecting on a field goal in the 44th minute before scoring on a short corner in the 47th minute. Her teammate Fu Li Xin scored a field goal two minutes later for a 6-0 score, before Zhao Yu Diao scored her fifth goal of the game in the 55th minute of play. Zhang Ying scored off a penalty corner eight minutes later for China’s eighth and final goal of the contest.

Katelyn Falgowski started a goal-scoring sequence as she battled and got the ball in deep Chinese defense, and then she found Reinprecht on the right top of the circle. Reinprecht buried the ball in the boards for the USA’s first goal of the game.

Paige Selenski then stole the ball in the deep defense for the USA and drew a short corner. On the restart, Camille Ghandi scored on a direct corner in the 70th minute for the final goal of the game.

The Chinese outshot the Americans 19-6, while the advantage in penalty corners was much smaller, with China holding at 6-5.

Australia faces Germany for fifth place on Sunday, while Korea and England meet for the bronze medal. Argentine takes on the Netherlands in the gold medal match.

Tuesday, Aug. 11
United States 4, Chile 0

USA Finish Fourth in Pool Play – will play for seventh on Saturday

The USA defeated Chile 4-0 in the final game of Pool E, securing a berth in the 7/8 game at the 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup, held at Jordan Field at Harvard. Four different players scored for the USA, who earned their first shutout of the tournament as Alesha Widdall was forced to make just one save.

The Americans attacked early and often but were not able to get on the board until the 26th minute when Marta Malmberg converted a penalty stroke. The USA earned the stroke after Katie Reinprecht sprung a 3v2 break that was halted by the Chileans in the circle. Malmberg’s stroke went high for the opening goal of the contest, and the USA led 1-0 at the break despite holding a 8-3 advantage in shots.

A combination up the left was sent across the field, where Julia Reinprecht smashed the ball into the circle, where Katelyn Falgowski touched it into the cage, scoring the USA’s second goal, putting the USA up 2-0 in the 40th minute. Four minutes later, a combination up the right was sent to the center, where Laura Gebhart passed the ball to the right post where Melissa Gonzalez flicked the ball into the nets for a 3-0 lead. The Americans went up 4-0 in the 62nd minute as a turnover in the deep Chilean defense found its way to Elizabeth Drazdowski, who buried the ball in the boards for a 4-0 lead.

With the win, the USA finishes in fourth place in Pool E, with six points and a plus-three goals differential, just edging India who also have six points but had an even goals differential. England won the pool with 11 points after their 1-1 tie with Australia today, 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 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.

Sunday, Aug. 9
England 3, United States 2

The USA fell in its second consecutive game at the 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup in a 3-2 game against England. Despite holding a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners and a 7-6 advantage in shots, the USA allowed two goals in the second half and dropped to fifth in pool E play.

The USA held pressure in the England half for the majority of the first half, and it was a counter attack from midfield that resulted in the first English goal, which came off Loren Shearer in the 20th minute of play. The USA answered as Tara Puffenberger intercepted a 16 yard pass and drew a foul; it was upgraded to a short corner on the restart. Camille Ghandi’s direct shot was deflected into the cage, tying the game at 1-1 in the 23rd minute. The USA had a 5-1 advantage in short corners at halftime but Ghandi’s goal was the only conversion and the game entered the break tied at 1-1.

There was more parity at the start of the second half, and the English were able to go ahead in the 47th minute when a hard tackle in the circle resulted in a stroke being awarded to England. Charlotte Craddock connected on the stroke and the visitors again took the lead 2-1. The USA countered right away, advancing the ball upfield on the passback. The English gained control briefly, but Katie Reinprecht intercepted the ball and had a 2v1 with Katie O’Donnell through the top of the circle. O’Donnell fed the ball back to Reinprecht on the right, and the American buried the ball in the boards for a 2-2 game in the 48th minute.

England took the lead for good on a short corner nine minutes later as Harriet Pearce’s flick to the left post was good, giving the English the 3-2 lead in the 57th minute. The USA inserted Rayell Heistand in as a kicking back to generate more offense, but the rally for the USA fell just short.

The Americans and the rest of Pool E are off on Monday while Pool F competes at Jordan Field. The USA returns to action on Tuesday as they face Chile at 7:00 p.m. The English will take on Australia at 4:45 while the Pool E action opens up with a game between India and Korea at 2:30.

Saturday, Aug. 8

Korea 2, United States 1
Germany 1, New Zealand 1

BOSTON – The USA lost a heartbreaker in the first round of crossover action in Pool E as the Americans fell to Korea 2-1 tonight in the BDO Women’s Junior World Cup. The USA led 1-0 after the Reinprecht sisters teamed up for a goal in the 7th minute, but Korea scored twice in the second half for the victory.

The USA pushed hard from the beginning and scored a goal against the run of play as Katelyn Falgowski controlled the ball up the left side of the pitch and found Julia Reinprecht in the circle. Julia passed to her sister Katie who was at the top of the circle; Katie Reinprecht slammed the ball home for a goal in the seventh minute. The USA outshot Korea 5-1 in the first half and held three penalty corners to Korea’s one, but the Americans only led 1-0 at the break.

Korea put on the pressure in the second half and outshot the Americans 5-2, including three shots on two penalty corners. The Koreans tied the game on their second short corner as the direct flick found the inside of the left post in the 53rd minute. A turnover in the last line of defense for the Americans gave the ball to the Koreans in the 67th minute and the visitors were able to capitalize on a reverse chip shot that found the net.

With the win, Korea take the lead in Pool E with seven points and a +6 goal differential. The USA falls to fourth behind England and Australia with 3 points and a GD of 0.

England defeated India 1-0 in the day’s opening match as Loren Shearer scored a field goal in the seventh minute of play; India outshot the English 9-4 and held five short corners to England’s three.

Germany tied New Zealand 1-1, battling back after the Kiwis got on the board in the fifth minute of play on a goal by Katie Glynn. The Germans tied the game on a short corner in the 51st minute. In Pool F, the Germans are still the class with seven points and a +3 goal differential. China are in second with six points (+6) and the Netherlands sit in third (6 points, 0 GD).

Thursday, Aug. 6

United States 4, India 2
United States advances to second round

BOSTON – The USA Field Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup Team defeated India 4-2 at Harvard University’s Jordan Field for their final game of pool play at 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup. Virginia’s own Michelle Vittese scored two goals to lead the U.S. attack.

The USA completed pool play with a record two wins and one loss, finishing third in Pool D behind Australia and India. All three teams finished with identical records and final positioning was based on goal differential. The top three teams in each pool continue to the medal rounds.

The Americans possessed the ball for much of the first half, pressuring the India defense. The USA final broke through in the 21st minute when Laura Gebhart, the youngest member of the team, scored her second goal of the tournament. Gebhart chased down a loose ball and maneuvered around a group of defenders with some deft stickwork to chip in the goal.

Melissa Gonzalez scored the second goal for the USA seven minutes later. Sitting at the corner of the goal, she redirected a pass from Katie Reinprecht for the score.

At halftime, the USA led 2-0. The American offense dictated the pace of the game for most of the first half, while much of India’s play was relegated to disrupting passes and stealing loose balls. Vittese scored her first or two goals with a tip-in of her own at the beginning of the second half. India broke the shutout with a penalty corner goal in the 44th minute from Rani Devi, but the USA responded two minutes later a dramatic drag-flick goal from Vittese on a penalty corner of their own.

“It’s great,” said Vittese. “Coach pulled me out during practice yesterday and said, ‘I heard you had a great drag flick’.”

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Germany 4, South Africa 2
Germany advances to second round

BOSTON – Virignia field hockey player Inga Stockel and the German Junior World Cup team advanced to the second round of play at the 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup with a 4-2 victory over South Africa today on Jordan Field at Harvard. The Germans scored on a short corner in the 8th minute before South Africa answered with a field goal two minutes later.

Germany took the lead for good in the waning seconds of the first half with a field goal that started with an interception of a 16-yard hit and developed into a 2v1 to a goal. Germany then had the passback to start the second half and took it right to the cage where they went up 3-1 in the first minute of the second period. Seven minutes later, the Germans added to their lead with a field goal from a combination up the right side of the pitch that was crossed in front of the cage where it was sent to the boards for the fourth goal of the game. South Africa countered with a goal three minutes later, but it would not be enough as Germany won 4-2.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Australia 2, United States 1

BOSTON – The USA Field Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup Team fell to Australia, 2-1, in their second game of competition at the 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup in Boston in front of a capacity crowd at Harvard University’s Jordan Field.

The Americans controlled most of the action in the first half, but Australia’s Tegan Holcroft notched the first goal in the 17th minute. Australia’s Marnie Hudson added a second goal at the beginning of the second half and the Jillaroos looked to pull away. But the USA mounted a furious comeback attempt, pushing forward and battling in the Australian end for most of the second half. Marta Malmberg finally broke through for a U.S. goal in the 44th minute, but the USA was unable to pull even.

The USA currently sits in second place in Pool D standings with three points, behind India. Australia sits behind the USA based on goal differential, with Belarus trailing in fourth. The top three teams continue to the medal rounds.

After a day off, the Americans will face India on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Harvard University’s Jordan Field.

Monday, Aug. 3

United States 3, Belarus 1
Germany 2, Argentina 1

BOSTON – Four members of the Virginia field hockey program were victorious in the opening day of the 2009 BDO Women’s Junior World Cup held in Boston. Inga Stockel helped Germany defeat Argentina 2-1 while Michelle Vittese, Paige Selenski, and Tara Puffenberger were a part of the winning American side in the game against Belarus.

Stockel and the Germans scored twice in a 10-minute span in the second half to open up what was a 0-0 game at halftime. Germany scored twice on field goals to lead 2-0 before Las Leonas pulled within one in the 68th minute on a field goal.

In the nightcap as USA faced Belarus, the Americans were able to score twice in three minutes. Virginia’s Vittese laid a nice pass up to captain Katie O’Donnell, who scored in the ninth minute to open the scoring for the USA. That was followed up by a second goal by O’Donnell three minutes later on a reverse sweep after the Americans attacked up the middle. The third goal of the night came courtesy of a pass up the middle that was collected by the Americans and sent in on a second effort. Belarus pulled one of the goals back as they scored on a short corner in the 20th minute for a halftime score of 3-1.

“It’s always good to start a tournament with three points,” said UVa head coach Michele Madison, who is in attendance at the event. “Tomorrow versus Australia we need to capitalize on all our opportunities to beat them tomorrow.”

The USA faces Australia in the last game Tuesday, in Pool D action. Germany is off until Wednesday.

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