This was our first playoff game, and it was against Netherlands. First goal was scored by Tyera after a beautiful drive and a shot toward the goal with 8:45 left in the first half. BAM was there to seal it.
We ended the first half with a series of disadvantage pucks directly in front of our goal. It was quite scary, but we managed to clear the puck each time. We ended the first half up 1 to 0.
Our second goal was scored with 11 minutes left in the second half by Tyera. She sprinted at the goal and threw a monstrous flick past two defenders. The puck landed in the trough without a problem.
The third goal was scored by Kim with a drive up the end wall with 8 minutes left in the second half.
With about 3 minutes left in the game, there was a penalty shot called for the USA. Tyera and Kim lined up to take it. The Netherland's defender had a beautiful attack, knocking down the initial shot and almost successfully defending it. She tried to swim the puck through Kim and Tyera, but Tyera was able to dispossess her and shoot the puck easily into the goal.
With about 2 minutes left in the game, Netherlands capitalized on an advantage puck in front of our goal. One of their players was able to shoot a huge flick over one of our player's back into the goal.
The game finished with a USA win with a final score of 4 to 1. We are now guaranteed a spot in the top eight. Tomorrow we play Colombia at 11:50 am EST, and we'll be black in court 1. If we win this game, we will be playing for a medal.
After our Netherlands game, we spent the afternoon cheering on the other three USA teams. The elite men are guaranteed a spot in the top eight, and they are playing New Zealand tomorrow at 8:30 am EST. The master's men play tomorrow at 12:40 pm EST for 5th place versus Australia. The master's women play tomorrow at 1:30 pm EST against Argentina for 5th place.
If you would like to watch our Colombia game, the video will be live streamed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=azT0YnmXvak