The US was certainly on hostile ground as they took on the Peruvian National Team in their last game in Pool B competition. Despite the large home crowd, band and enthusiastic fans the US came away with an 8-0 victory characterized by their typical second half surge. But it was MacKensie Allessie, a recent high school graduate from Mt. Joy, Pa. who became the story of the game. Mackenise holds the national high school record for a career at 331 goals. The eighteen year old joined the senior national team this march after a notable career on the junior teams. She will play hockey for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Today, encouraged by the chance to be in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 lit up the scoreboard with 4 goals! The US had numerous chances in the first quarter to score but it was a Froede to Moyer combination that but the US on the board in the seventh minute of play. That would be the only score of the quarter.
Despite several. penalty corners it looked as though that might be only score of the half until the 2 last minutes, which resulted in as many goals with Danielle Grega and Erin Matson scoring for the end of the half. Grega found the back of cage after a scramble followed a minute late by Matson firing a shot between the Peruvian GK.
The second half started out in explosive fashion when it looked like the US connected for an early goal but it was called back by the officials. However, it was only one minute later the MacKensie found the first of her four goals of the afternoon. US fans had little time to wait when the young striker made it 5-0. A minute later she was to capture at least a hat trick for her efforts.
She was to get her fourth in a Froede to Paolino to Allesssie combination to make it 7-0 going into the 48th minute.
Captain Kathleen Sharkey closed the scoring off a direct hit to the right corner during a penalty corner. in the last minute of the game. The US is now finished their Pool play in first place and will play the last team in Pool A on Sunday.