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Jan. 6, 2019 — A European conquest

This afternoon, the United States indoor national teams — a senior side and a U-21 side — swept the top two steps of the medals stand at the Croatia Cup, a seven-team tournament held about 10 miles northwest of the capital of Zagreb.

The States, highest-ranked of the participating nations in this tournament (twelfth), were expected to win. And they did, handily. The senior and junior sides went a combined 11-1, scoring 119 goals and conceding 31.

The results were not only indicative of how intensely the indoor national team program trains under coaches Jun and Richard Kentwell, but could very well identify the next generation of outdoor player for the senior women’s national team with the Olympics only about a year and a half away.

Chief among these has to be Stanford’s Corinne Zanolli, who led the tournament with 14 goals and won the award for the tournament’s outstanding player. But there were a number of young phenoms on display. Hope Rose, who as a sophomore had 55 goals for Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.), had an outstanding tournament. So did Madison Orobono, who trained for two entire autumns away from her scholastic team to help lead the U.S. side’s cause.

The junior national team received standout performances from Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) freshman Ryleigh Heck, Bethlehem Liberty (Pa.) senior Rayne Wright, and Mia Leonhardt of Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.). Another player to watch out for is Olivia Bent-Cole, an eighth-grader who scored many a goal for the U-21s.