Former Tigers Help USA Field Hockey Advance to 2014 World Cup Semifinals
PRINCETON, N.J. – Playing an integral role in the squad’s success, former Tigers Katie Reinprecht ’13, Julia Reinprecht ’14 and Kathleen Sharkey ’13 have helped the United States women’s field hockey team post a 4-0-1 mark during group play at the 2014 Rabobank World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.
Ranked 10th in the world, the US finished atop the Group B standings, followed by No. 2 Argentina (3-0-2), No. 7 China (2-1-2), No. 6 Germany (1-3-1), No. 11 South Africa (1-4-0) and No. 3 England (1-4-0).
The host nation and top-ranked Netherlands won all five of its group matches to finish with a +16 goal differential. No. 4 Australia (3-1-1) placed second in Group A, with No. 5 New Zealand (2-2-1), No. 8 South Korea (2-2-1), No. 9 Japan (0-3-2) and No. 12 Belgium (0-4-1) coming in third through sixth, respectively.
Team USA will face Australia in one of two semifinals on Thursday, June 12. The Netherlands will take on Argentina in the other semi with the championship and consolation games slated for Saturday, June 14.
After opening its World Cup run with a 2-1 victory over England on June 1, the Tigers’ trio and Team USA tied second-ranked Argentina, 2-2. Katie Reinprecht notched the game’s first tally in the 27th minute, slotting a hard shot from the top of the circle inside the right post.
Following a decisive 5-0 victory over China on June 6, Katie Reinprecht and Sharkey accounted for three of the national team’s four goals in a triumph over Germany. With two minutes to go before the intermission, it was Sharkey who broke the scoreless deadlock, corralling a through-ball to the left side of the circle before tucking a try inside the far post.
After Caroline Nichols doubled Team USA’s margin early in the second half, Katie Reinprecht collected her second tally of the tournament, ripping a rising shot into the left corner of the cage in the 42nd minute. Intercepting an errant pass, Sharkey capped off the red, white and blue scoring, backhanding a try into the upper right side.
Closing out group play with a 4-2 victory against South Africa, Katie Reinprecht once again got on the board, this time tapping in a redirection at the right post off a penalty corner in the 39th minute. With 111 career caps, she has surpassed Amy MacFarlane (109) for the most international caps in program history.
Starting all five of the team’s games, Julia Reinprecht has helped anchor the squad’s defensive efforts with Team USA heading into the semifinal with a +11 goal differential (17-6). Sharkey has recorded two goals on just three shots, while Katie Reinprecht is tied for the team lead in goals (3). Also with the team is former Tiger assistant coach Nathaniel Franks ’07, who serves as the squad’s performance analyst.
The semifinal and championship matches can be seen on ESPN3.
USA GROUP PLAY RESULTS