US Women’s University Team Falls to Japan in WWUG
June 10, 2019

Earlier this year in March, the US Women’s National University Team was over in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, battling it out against other formidable international teams at the 2019 Winter World University Games. On March 11, Team USA took on Japan in a bid to gain the upper hand against the skilled Asian team, but unfortunately fell in overtime, leaving the score at 2-1 in the WWUG’s third place game.

As with most of their hockey performances, Team USA enjoyed a strong start to their game against Japan. They successfully killed two penalties in the first 13 minutes of the competition, and then drew a penalty using the momentum they had gained from their special teams play. It wasn’t long before they had scored on their first power play opportunity of the round.

McNamara Scores Opening Goal at 13:45

The opening goal of the game was scored by Montville, New Jersey-based Kathleen McNamara, who represents Boston College, at the 13:45 mark. Lakewood, Colorado player Kathleen Ash and Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Maeve Reilly picked up the assists, leaving their peers at the University of Colorado and the College of the Holy Cross cheering them on from across the globe.

Japan eventually landed its own first goal during the first period, scoring at the 16:15 mark and tieing the game at 1-1. Neither team managed to land any scores in the second period as both were able to kill one penalty, keeping the score even and constant as they headed into the third and final round and leaving sports betting and apuestas deportivas Chile fans desperate to see how the game would end.

Interestingly, the third period played out in much the same way as the second. Each team took a single penalty during the final portion of the battle, but neither could capitalize on their power play opportunities, leaving the game to fall to overtime tied at one point each side. At the very last minute, 45 seconds into overtime, Japan scored a final goal, winning the contest at 2-1 and claiming third place. Team USA graciously fell to fourth, vowing to make the top three in the upcoming 2021 WWUG.

Team USA Fights Admirably in 2019 WWUG

The 2019 Winter World University Games kicked off in Russia with the USA’s first game against Japan on Friday, March 1. The American ladies lost by a single point at 1-2, but regained their composure by winning 5-2 against Switzerland on Sunday, March 3, tackling their opponents in true Gladiator style. The next preliminary game was played against Canada on Monday, March 4, with the Canucks taking the win at 0-1. Wednesday, March 6 saw Team USA battling against the Russian team and coming out with a score of 0-10, and on Friday, March 8, they took down China with a remarkable 6-1 win.

In the semi-finals against Russia, the US Women’s University Team fought hard on Sunday, March 10, but the skilful Russians still managed to beat the 0-10 once again. The third place game against Japan on March 11 resulted in a very near win for the Americans, who will be back with a vengeance in two years’ time to show the world what they’ve got in their trademark style!

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