Blue Devils Lauren Blazing, Hannah Barreca, Aileen Johnson, and Abby Beltrani were all named to the United States Under-21 team competing at the 2012 Pan American Junior Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. In addition to the four Blue Devils representing the United States, Kendra Perrin and Jessica Buttinger also traveled to Mexico to represent Canada. Both squads containing Duke representatives finished in the top three in the tournament (Canada: 2, USA:3) to earn coveted slots at the next Jr. World Cup. They will return to Durham, N.C. late Sunday evening.
United States (5-2)
All four Blue Devils saw action in the game, with Blazing and Johnson starting as goalkeeper and midfielder respectively. Johnson earned her first goal of the tournament in the 44th minute. Barreca, a freshman from Oceanport, N.J., entered the game in the fourth minute in the defense, and Beltrani entered the game a minute later in the midfield.
Johnson, Barreca, and Beltrani all saw time for the United States during the 8-0 rout of Paraguay. The United States scored four goals in the first half, and completely controlled the game from the opening whistle. Blazing did not see time in the game.
Trinidad & Tobago
Johnson, Barreca, Beltrani, and Blazing all started the game for the United States, and played an intergral role in the win. Beltrani scored the first goal of the game to put the United States up 1-0. Trinidad & Tobago responded to tie the game at 1-1, but the United States controlled the rest of the game scoring seven unanswered. Johnson added a goal for the United States.
Johnson, Barreca, and Blazing all started the game for the United States, and Beltrani joined the squad in the seventh minute of play.The game remained scoreless until the 41st minute when Manuela Urroz scored a goal for Chile. The United States responded in the 60th minute, but Chile regained the lead with a goal in the 62nd minute.
The United States controlled the entire 70 minutes, and completely dominated the Jamaican national team. All four Blue Devils played in the game, highlighted by a goal from Beltrani in the eighth minute of play.
In a difficult game against pre-tournament favorite Argentina, the United States hopes of claiming the title of the Junior Pan Am games came to an end. Argentina controlled the game from the opening whistle, scoring two goals in the first ten minutes and adding two more before the half-time whistle. Blue Devils Blazing and Beltrani started the game for the United States, while Johnson and Barreca came off the bench in the eighth and ninth minutes respectively. The United States are slated to have a re-match with a strong Chilean side for third place in the tournament, and a spot in the World Cup.
Chile (3rd Place)
The US team nabbed the final qualifying slot for the Jr. World Cup with the 2-1 victory over Chile. Goalkeeper Lauren Blazing was credited with the victory while Aileen Johnson also started the match. Abby Beltrani entered the game in the sixth minute and Hannah Barreca did not see any game action.
On September 9th, Buttinger and Perrin led the Canadian team to a 7-0 victory over Brazil. Canada was aggressive right from the opening whistle, and received a goal from Buttinger in the 30th minute to put Canada up 4-0 heading into halftime. Perrin, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, came into the game in the sixth minute as a defender for the Canadian team and helped a strong defensive unit claim their first shutout of the tournament.
Buttinger started the game for Canada, and Perrin joined the game in the 19th minute of play. Uruguay started the game on the offensive and scored a goal in the 19th minute to go up 1-0. Canada responded just three minutes later, but Uruguay regained the lead in the 46th minute. In the closing seconds, Madeline Secco scored an outstanding goal for Canada to earn the tie.
Canada faced a challenging opponent in pre-tournament favorite Argentina, and was outplayed for most of the match. Both Buttinger and Perrin started the game for the Canadians as a forward and defender respectively. Argentina scored three goals in the first 13 minutes of play, and continued their aggressive style of field hockey for the duration of the game.
The Canadians battled back from a tough loss to Argentina with an outstanding win against a good Mexican team. Buttinger started the game for Canada while Perrin did not see game time.
In an intense semifinal matchup with Chile, Canada prevailed by a score of 3-1. Canada scored a goal in the 16th minute to take a 1-0 lead, however Chile responded two minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. In the 37th minute, Buttinger scored a goal that would end up being the game winner for Canada. Perrin came into the game in the 18th minute, and contributed significant minutes in a defensive unit that has only allowed three goals in the tournament. With the win, Canada moves on to face Argentina in the championship of the tournament.
Argentina (Championship Game)
The Canadian team fell to tournament favorite Argentina in a close battle for the title. Even with the loss, the team accomplished their main goal of earning a qualifying slot at the Jr. World Cup.
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