Exhibition Game - Team USA vs Team Australia
Game Recap - Team USA 17 - Team Australia 9
Thanks to all of the Fury fans who came out to support us in our scrimmage against the Australian national team on Sunday. We were really blown away by how many people were on the sidelines at the game and we now have more motivation than ever to do you all proud at Worlds.
For those of you who couldn't make it to the game, here's a brief run down of what happened:
To start, we were worried the game wasn't going to happen at all as there was a double-booking of the field and a men's soccer league had four games scheduled for the day. A compromise was reached and our game was pushed back by one hour. We really appreciated how accomodating and understanding our opponents and fans were with the scheduling mishap.
Once the game was underway, the Australians challenged us right from the start. They played a zone defense that took our offense a little bit to get used to and ran a fast paced horiztonal stack offense. In fact, the Australians got the first break of the game. Team USA answered back with our own defensive break to tie the game at 5's and then we went on a three point run to take a 8-5 lead. Australia brought it within in two points at 8-6, but USA pushed back to widen the gap in the second half.
In the second half, we adjusted to the wind and were more judicious in our hucking decisions. Although wind gusts and wet conditions on the field contributed to more turnovers than either team would have liked, Team USA's offense found its groove more and more as the game went on. The final score was 17-9, USA.
We feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to play the Australians before Worlds. Not only are we now more prepared to face them in our first game in Vancouver, but the game will help provide even more focus and intensity to our remaining training and practices. The honor of representing our country has just become a little more real to us all!
Thanks again for everyone's support.