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April 8, 2019 –The long row

Two weeks ago, the U.S. women’s field hockey team defended two out three points in an FIH Pro League game against Belgium, winning in the seventh round of a penalty shootout after drawing at full time.

This evening, the U.S. played the reverse fixture at Belgium, and were about a minute from playing in another penalty shootout, but the Red Panthers were the beneficiary of a late yellow card, and, with the U.S. team calling out revised defensive assignments, Louise Versavel deflected in a hard pass from Alix Gerniers.

With three points in seven matches, the U.S. is not mathematically eliminated from the semifinal round, but would need a lot of help to catch fourth-place Belgium (13 points). And it won’t get any easier, as the States visit Rotterdam to play Holland this weekend.