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BULLETIN: June 23, 2013 — Italy 2, United States 1

Italy’s national women’s field hockey team had the ball for only about 38 percent of this morning’s second-round pool match in the FIH World League semifinals in London.

But that was enough possession for the 17th-ranked Azzurri to pip a 2-1 win over the United States at Chiswick. The winning play came on a 70th-minute corner which saw a bouncing cross make it through the entire U.S. defense only to be scooped in by Stefania Tosco at the far post.

The United States team has managed only one goal thus far in this championship, but has had its chances. In the Italy game, they had 10 shots on the Italian goal, but some heroic defense by center back Chiara Tiddi kept her side in it.

The Applebees had a golden chance at full points less than 10 minutes from time, but Caroline Nichols’ penalty stroke hit Italy goalie Martina Chirico and dribbled agonizingly past the post, out of play.

It was that kind of day, and tournament, for the Americans. The U.S. team can still rescue a World Cup berth from the World League if it can get a result against China, and if Argentina is able to defeat Italy by a substantial margin of goals in the final round of pool play. That may allow the U.S. to avoid playing Pool A favorites England and Australia, which would be much the tougher assignments than South Africa or Spain.

 

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