The Netherlands jumped out early, scoring five goals in the first half, to blank the U.S. women's field hockey team 5-0 in FIH Pro League play on Saturday.
Frederique Malta scored twice for the Oranje, earning her Player of the Match honors at the end of the game at Wake Forest's Kentner Stadium.
By the time Malta netted her first goal with just over four minutes left in the first quarter, however, the Netherlands already held a 2-0 lead.
Lidewij Welten scored the only goal the visitors would need five minutes into the game. Taking the ball at the 25-yard-line, Welten dribbled across to the left side of the circle, escaped a defender and tucked the ball into the right corner of the cage.
Three minutes later, it was a two-point game as the Netherlands capitalized on a penalty corner. Caia Van Maasakker sent the initial shot toward the cage, where Laurien Leurink was waiting by the left post.
The inserter deflected the ball up and into the back of the net before Malta's goal on a drag flick ended the quarter.
FIH No. 1 the Netherlands would score twice in the second quarter, including a backhander from Marloes Keetels.
The final tally would come with six minutes left in the half, as Maria Veerschoor intercepted a U.S. pass and slid the ball across to Malta on the right side. Her shot would hit USA's Caitlin Van Sickle to earn a penalty stroke, which Malta capitalized on.
The Netherlands continued to pressure in the second half, but the U.S defense and goalie Kealsie Robles closed off the cage.
No. 12 Team USA would only manage two shots in the game, with the closest look coming from Donegal senior Mackenzie Allessie.
With 5:25 on the clock in the third quarter, Ali Froede found Van Sickle at the top of the circle. The defender turned to her left to find Allessie, who split a pair of defenders, but was met by Dutch goalie Anne Veenedaal.
The match marked an important milestone for one member of Team USA. Warwick graduate Alyssa Manley earned her 100th international cap Saturday night.
Watch highlights from the USA vs. the Netherlands game below.
The win gives the Netherlands six points in the Pro League standings, creating a three-way tie with Belgium and New Zealand. The U.S. has just one point following a 2-2 draw with Argentina in the league opener. Argentina went on to win that game 3-1 in a shootout.
Heading into the next round of games, Australia has 11 points, Argentina has five and Germany has four. China and Great Britain have yet to earn a point.
Team USA will continue FIH Pro League on the road next month. The Americans will play at No. 3 Australia on March 2 and at No. 6 New Zealand on March 8. Their first home game at Spooky Nook will come on March 29 against No. 13 Belgium.