American midfielder Kayla Treanor scored back-to-back goals to open play, and Team USA never looked back as they raced to a 19-5 win over Japan in their first game of the 2011 FIL U19 Women’s World Cup.
The win over Japan gives the U.S. a 1-0 record at the tournament. They will face their next opponent, Canada, tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time.
The U.S. never trailed in the victory, and attacker Erin McMunn led all scorers with 6 goals. McMunn was named player of the match for her efforts, an unexpected gift on her 18th birthday.
“It feels great to get our first win. The girls played so well. It was a tough Japan team that kind of startled us in the beginning a little bit, but it was fun to see the girls make the adjustments and start to pull away from a very good team,” said American head coach Krystin Porcella.
Despite Treanor’s quick start, Team Japan’s zone defense disrupted the Americans’ rhythm in the first half. Japanese attacker Tamoko Takarada (3g) cut the score to 6-4 midway through the first period on an unassisted goal, prompting a time out.
“Japan was throwing some stuff at us we hadn’t seen yet, and they were doing a very good job of it, so I said ‘Let’s regroup here, and take a deep breath, and go out and play our style of lacrosse instead of playing into their game which is what they wanted us to do,’” said Porcella.
The Americans responded with eight unanswered goals, putting the match out of reach. Seven different players scored for Team USA, led by McMunn and with hat tricks from Treanor, Cortney Fortunato and Jennifer Cook. Madison Acton, Covie Stanwick and Taylor Trimble each added a single goal. Kelsey Duryea started in goal for the Americans and made four saves in the first half; Allie Murray relieved her at the break and added three saves.
Wojcik, who will be in his second year as the head coach, has added three defensemen, four midfielders, three attackmen and one goalkeeper for the upcoming campaign. Five of the eleven newcomers have been ranked in the ESPN Rise top 50.
Philip Wagley/Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas/Attackman
Member of the lacrosse, basketball and soccer teams … Captained the lacrosse team as a junior and senior … All-state selection as a junior and senior … Chosen as an All-American as a junior … Won a conference championship is three sports … Awarded the presidential award all four years … Contributed over 100 hours of community service.