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Jan. 30, 2019 — An immediate dividend

Mackenzie Allessie knows a thing or two about being able to propel a plastic ball into a goal frame that is seven feet high and four yards wide.

It took a scrimmage, plus a game and a half for the graduate of Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) to get on the scoreboard for the United States of America.

Allessie punched in a goal in the 34th minute of the second of two Tests against Chile this week, which wound up being a 3-3 regulation draw, but with Chile winning the post-overtime penalty shootout.

The American side, for the second straight Test, yielded three goals to the Chileans, which is of definite concern with Saturday’s looming FIH Pro League opener against Argentina.

But the United States’ attack seems to be gaining in strength and confidence. The Americans, through Allessie, Jill Funk, and Mary Beth Barham, staked themselves to a 3-1 lead by the 47th minute, only to see the Red Devils level the match late.

It will be interesting to see if the States learn lessons from this match against Argentina; I think a point in this game would be enormous, as any road point in tournament qualificatioon is a good point, and this is the first time that an U.S. national field hockey team will have to do extensive travel and play both home and road matches in order to qualify for a major tournament.