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Feb. 12, 2018 — Hard lessons

The U.S. women’s indoor field hockey team had such hopes after a fantastic job in Pan American qualifications for the World Cup.

But with the team not putting up the video game-like numbers they did in Guyana last fall, the States had a win, a draw, and four defeats, losing the ninth-place game to Namibia. (I know; you all are looking at a map for the small country located in southern Africa, a nation with a population approximately the size of Houston.)

For the United States team, it was a hopeful debut on the world stage that got turned into reality with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Belarus. The States managed just a draw with Poland before rolling 8-3 over Kazakhstan on Matchday 2. But the Americans were pretty much sentenced to the consolation round with a 3-1 defeat by Switzerland.

The American team, so deft and deadly on corners in the PAHF Tournament, had just three converted by captain Ali Campbell, and only one PC went in for the States in pool play. Mary Barham led the United States with seven goals, and Corinne Zanolli had four.

Now, some of you might wonder how this scenario could have happened, especially when it comes to the final classification. It is disappointing losing to a nation the size of Houston.

But compare that scenario to men’s soccer, where the United States didn’t make this summer’s World Cup, but Iceland, a nation the size of Corpus Christi, Tex., did. At least the American stickwomen succeeded in qualifying.

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