Team USA Blog: Reporting Live from Oshawa
|Our intrepid bloggers, Holly McGarvie-Reilly (left) and Sarah Bullard.|
Previous blog posts: July 10
Thursday marked the official start of play for Team USA at the World Cup! I don't think the day could have passed by more slowly. With an 8pm start time, we were forced to manage our excitement and anticipation for the entire day. Some of the girls used the time to get a little extra sleep, while others caught up on their favorite shows-- Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones have been some of the most popular.
The wait was broken up with a midday team meeting to scout England and get fired up. After going through our game plan, the coaching staff had a few surprises in hand for us. Coach Liz Robertshaw put together an inspiring video for us, filled with pictures and video of past players whose contributions helped get us to this point. The end of the video was focused on the 20 of us who are here now, and the one goal we share. Coach Jess Wilk Strosberg, a Hall of Fame goalie, then presented us with team shirts as a reminder that we are in this together. After tryouts one year ago, we had a team meeting where Jess told us that it was time to turn our individual goals of making the World Cup Team into our team goal of winning the World Cup. She made the point again in the meeting, emphasizing the power of having each others' backs. We will wear these with pride throughout the tournament.
After killing a few more hours with our team meal, it was FINALLY game time. We arrived at the Civic Center focused and ready to play. Coach Ricky Fried gave a fire-y pre-game speech. Following an emotional moment with the team led by Captain Lindsay Munday. we were ready to go!
England proved to be an fast and athletic team, but in the end our solid team performance earned us the W. The game also provided a learning opportunity, showing us where we want to grow moving forward. Overall, we were excited to get the first win under our belts and can't wait to get back on the field against Wales this evening.
Stars & Stripes Forever,
Sarah & Holly
The FIL World Championships continue through July 20th in Oshawa, Ontario. Games are available for streaming at http://tournaments.neulion.com/tournaments/ (Note: Individual games can be watched for $5, or the entire tournament can be purchased for $75)