After 12 games, the U.S. women's field hockey team finally got its first win of the FIH Pro League season on Saturday.
Hosting No. 10 China, Team USA took a 2-0 lead into halftime and capitalized on two of its three penalty corners to claim a 3-1 victory in front of an excited Spooky Nook crowd.
"What I liked today was that we were really fighting hard," U.S. coach Janneke Schopman said after the win. "On the ball, we tried to execute a game plan and that was to get around and get in the circle. We knew we had a good opportunity with our corners to get a direct shot and that was successful."
Anna Dessoye scored first for No. 12 Team USA, netting the Americans' first goal in three games by deflecting Kat Sharkey's penalty corner attempt into the cage in the second quarter. Lauren Moyer doubled the lead with three minutes left until halftime and Linnea Gonzales added the final strike on a straight shot in the third quarter on Team USA's second corner.
China maintained pressure on the other side of the field, peppering goalie Kelsey Bing and the U.S. defense with 14 corners and 16 shots. Bing held her ground, saving all but one shot and earning Player of the Match honors.
"I must commend our defense," Schopman said Saturday night. "As a team, we defended well, but especially the four in the back. They absorbed a lot of pressure and they didn't panic and that was great to see."
Read the full game recap here and watch highlights from the game below. Dessoye scores 49 seconds into the video, while Moyer's goal comes at the 1:11 mark and Gonzales scores at the 1:37 mark.
With the win, the U.S. now has seven points in 13 games, or a 17.95 percentage. That leaves the squad in last place in the nine-team standings, but closing in on China (25.64%). The Netherlands (87.5%) and Argentina (83.33%) maintain the top two spots, while Australia (63.63%) sits in third and Belgium (61.9%) moves into fourth place — the last spot advancing to June's Grand Final.
Team USA returns to Pro League play on Saturday, June 1 against No. 6 New Zealand. Tickets for the 7 p.m. game, which will also be streamed online by Bleacher Report Live, are still available on USAFieldHockey.com.