THE HAGUE, Netherlands —Wyoming Seminary graduate Kelsey Kolojejchick scored her second goal of the tournament and teammamte Katie O’Donnell had a hat trick as the United States moved to the top of its women’s pool at the field hockey World Cup, beating China 5-0 Friday.
The Americans, considered underdogs in their pool, were able to use consistent speed throughout the game to attack the Chinese.
“We’re trying to make a statement by going hard the entire game, every game with no let-up for the whole 70 minutes,” Kolojejchick said in a USA Field Hockey press release. “It’s something that’s included in our game plan which is working and is something we need to stick to going forward.”
The Americans lead Pool B with two wins and a draw. Kolojejchick scored the game-tying goal in the draw, a 2-2 tie against Argentina.
This was China’s first loss.
O’Donnell opened the scoring in the fourth minute on a pass from Michelle Vitesse. Vitesse quickly made it 2-0 on a strike from just inside the circle. The two overwhelmed China with their speed and versatility.
Team USA’s next contest will be against Germany at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, before closing out pool play at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday against South Africa. Fellow Wyoming Seminary graduate Kathleen Sharkey and Dallas’ Paige Selenski are also on the United States’ roster.
“Sunday’s match is a very important game,” Kolojejchick said. “We need to keep up the team tempo we created which is working hard on our fitness and to make connections with simple passing. Our defensive tackle backs have been equally as good. We can’t let up on these aspects as we head into our match against Germany.”
Argentina beat Germany 3-0, looking rock-solid on defense and dominating on offense as well. One piece of bad news for Argentina was the early departure of star midfielder Luciana Aymar with a leg injury.
South Africa beat England 4-0 to eliminate them from contention.
In the men’s competition, Argentina beat New Zealand 3-1. Both clubs are tied with the Netherlands atop Group B with six points, with the Dutch playing later against Germany.