August 28, 2013
MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany — Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) of the University of Michigan field hockey team contributed to a seventh-place performance by the U.S. Under-21 National Team at the 2013 Junior World Cup. Team USA posted a 3-3 record over the nine-day competition, defeating South Africa, 4-2, in its final game on Sunday (August 4) at Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark.
Team USA went 2-1 in pool play, rallying past two-time Junior World Cup champion Korea, 4-1, in the opening round while rolling over Ghana, 6-0, to advance to the quarterfinals. The American squad lost to Argentina, 2-0, in the quarterfinals and again to Australia, 4-1, in the placement round to fall into the tournament’s seventh-place game. The seventh-place finish matches the U.S. junior program’s best finish in six appearances at the prestigious event.
“I think we did a great job here in Mönchengladbach,” said U.S. coach Steve Jennings. “We tied with the best ever finish of the U.S. in Junior World Cup history. I think three wins and three losses against some of the best teams are okay. It was a great tournament and the organization was incredible. The girls loved to play in this stadium, they loved the atmosphere.”
McCallister appeared in all six USA contests with one start. She is the eighth Wolverine representative to compete at the Junior World Cup and the first to do so since Lori Hillman played with Team USA at the 2005 event.
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