Thursday, August 14, 2008

Game versus Germany

We had an extremely disappointing loss to the Germans today 4-2. In an incredibly even-matched game, Germany got the edge on us by executing their attack penalty corners. With the win, Germany keeps its strong hold atop our pool, while we remain with two points and have to await the outcome of tonight's matches to see where we sit.

Although the defeat is difficult to swallow (I really despise losing), I am very proud of our team for putting forth what I consider to be our best all around game of the tournament. Our forwards and midfields were incredibly tenacious on the press and put the German backfield under considerable pressure. While our backfield and goal keeper maintained a solid defensive structure and minimized their chances.

Unfortunately, we lost. But obviously, we cannot go back and rewrite the outcome of the game - from here we must move forward, taking with us the lessons of the first three matches. Our focus must switch to our next match, New Zealand. Our next two games are must wins - and therefore we must refocus, and put forward a winning performance.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You got this ladies! I believe in you all!!!

Anonymous said...

Keep working hard.

You ladies are putting USA field hockey on the map for years to come.

Thank you.

Maria said...

Rachel, you and your team should be proud. Good luck with your next two games.

Tiffany said...

Keep working hard! You girls are doing a great job!

karen shelton said...

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for the blogs. It's great to hear your voice throughout this amazing Olympic experience and I love the pictures. Good luck as the games continue. We have been watching and cheering. The Tar Heel Nation is extremely proud of y'all. Belief will lift your talent! You guys can do it! Go USA!

Anonymous said...

Time to get a win.

Time for all the hard work to payoff.

Time to get paid.

We pick up our checks at 8:30am vs. New Zealand.

Let’s get it done.

Anonymous said...

I know that you guys are putting your heart and soul into these games. Keep up the good work and don't let the loss get to you.

Anonymous said...

Great game!!!

It must feel amazing to get that first Olympic win.

Tuneage said...

We're all part of Bodie's Army

We're all out to win the league!

And we'll never get enough

Till we win a World Cup

Cause the U.S. is the greatest hockey team!

Maria said...

Congrats on the win today Rachel and girls (Sat).

Frankie Harris said...

I love watching you guys! Good luck - you can do it!