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Yeager '21, Senior USWN Field Hockey team crowned Croatia Cup Champions

This article originally appeared on the US Field Hockey website.

The final day of the Croatia Cup in Sveti Ivan Zelina, Croatia concluded Sunday with the senior U.S. Women's National Indoor Team finishing strong with two wins to secure first place and the Croatia Cup championship. In their first match of the day, the team defeated Hungary 17-0 before taking on host nation Croatia, where the senior squad used a strong second half to pull away to a 8-3 victory. 
The U-21 Indoor USWNT, whose lone loss of the tournament was to the senior squad on the first day, finished second in the standings. In their last two games, the U-21 Indoor USWNT faced the U-21 Croatia team, winning 10-2, before wrapping up the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Slovenia.

Corinne Zanolli (Newton Square, Pa.) received the Best Player of the Tournament Award and Top Goal Scorer Award with 14 total goals throughout the tournament.
“Congratulations to [Corinne] on being recognized as the Best Player of the Tournament," said Jun Kentwell, Indoor USWNT Head Coach. "She played consistently well and her movement on and off the ball created a lot of problems for our opposition defenses.”
USA 17 - Hungary 0

The Indoor USWNT were pitted against Hungary in the first game of the final day. The new hockey nation had made a marked improvement with every game during the tournament. Although they employed a tight defensive zone, USA scored at regular intervals throughout the game. Zinolli scored four and Ali Campbell (Boyertown, Pa.) converted three penalty corner and a penalty stroke to lead the team. Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.) and Madison Orobono (Macungie, Pa.) scored three goals each, while Elizabeth Yeager (Rye, N.Y.), Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, Pa.) and Nathalie Friedman (Phoenix, Md.) scored one each.

USA 8 - Croatia 3

In the final match of the Croatia Cup, the senior Indoor USWNT took on the host nation in front of a packed stadium. Croatia jumped out to an early lead when Ivona Makar intercepted a cross pass, took the ball to the right edge of the circle and shot into the far corner of the net past USA goalkeeper Samantha Carlino (Kennet Square, Pa.). USA patiently started to build up their structure as Croatia sat back and waited for the opportunity to break. Orobono pounced on a rebound to tie the game in the 3rd minute. Eventually, USA created a penalty corner opportunity. Campbell stepped up and buried the ball high in the net to give USA the 2-1 lead. Zanolli added another from a narrow angle to make it 3-1, but from the restart Croatia's Dora Lagancic rolled round Friedman, placing an accurate shot just inside the far goal post to narrow the score 3-2. Rose however restored USA's two-goal lead, which they took into the halftime break, when she rounded the goalkeeper and flicked the ball into the goal.
Orobono made a touch to a hard penetrating pass from Campbell to extend the lead in the 22nd minute. Two minutes later, Rose intercepted a pass, drew and the lifted the ball over the sliding goalkeeper. Moments later Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, Pa.) won the ball on the left board, took the ball right, cut into the circle and fired a shot to give USA a 7-2 lead. In the 34th minute Croatia pulled one back when Dolores Peranic fired a corner shot off the underside of the bar. With pne minute remaining, and Croatia pressing forward, Zanolli broke out of defense, passed quickly to Rose who swept home from the left side of the circle for a hard fought 8-3 win, and with it, the 2019 Croatia Cup.

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