USA U21 Men’s New Zealand Tour
Auckland, New Zealand
August 16, 2012
USA U-21 Men – Match Report
By Mike Whitehead – Manager
USA vs. U21 IASP Men’s Development squad
Match Time: 8:00 pm
The USA U21’s continued play in New Zealand at the Auckland Hockey Association facility just south of downtown Auckland. The U21’s will play three matches against the U21 IASP squad before returning to Los Angeles on Sunday the 19th.
The USA was ready to continue their play after a rest day on Wednesday. The first half of the match started off by conceding a FG in the first minute putting the IASP on top 0 – 1. This didn’t put the USA out, but made them play with more intensity and controlled possession against the Auckland squad for a long stretch of time. In the 21st minute the USA forced a PC that Ajai Dhadwal put a nice low left drag flick to equalize the match 1 – 1. The USA used this momentum to put the IASP squad under some pressure and forced another PC in the 22nd minute and converted another goal by Johnny Orozco’s drag flick to the lower left corner putting the USA up 2 – 1. Both teams continued to swap possession for the remainder of the half ending 2 -1 with the USA U21’s up.
Second half play continued with Auckland and the USA U21’s creating some nice play and opportunities. However it was the USA to strike first with some nice skills by Ranveer Kundi in the attacking circle with a backhand pass from left of the goal to find Tyler Sundeen unmarked for a sliding finish to score the USA’s third goal in the 54th minute putting the USA up 3 – 1. This was enough to keep the USA up and in front for the remaining minutes and finished the match with their second victory of the tour.
The USA U21’s will play Auckland Hockey U21 IASP Development squad again for their second match, August 17th, 6:00 pm.