The USA defeated No3 ranked Canada 20-18 in the Super Series 2019 at Chula Vista, California on July 10. It was the first time that USA women had defeated Canada since 2015, tying the overall record at 19 wins a piece.
Canada struck first with a try by Olivia DeMerchant from a pick-and-go for a 7-0 lead after Sophie De Goede’s conversion. Alev Kelter slotted a conversion to cut the lead to 7-3 before DeMerchant crossed the line again to push the lead to 12-3. De Goede then added a penalty goal for an 15-3 lead.
A strong run by Alycia Washington and an Ashlee Byrge offload to Emily Henrich resulted in Henrich’s first international try, 8-15.
A penalty goal by De Goede pushed the Canadian lead to 18-8 at the break.
In the 62nd minute Alev Kelter beat four defenders for a try and conversion to move the team to within 3 points. Rachel Johnson spun the ball to Katana Howard who executed a cross-kick to the corner of the try zone with Kris Thomas outsprinting Canadian defenders to ground the ball in the try zone for the 20-18 lead.
During the final minutes, the USA killed the clock with picks-and-goes from the forwards before kicking to touch for the 20-18 victory.
USA Women’s Eagles: 1 Catie Benson, 2 Joanna Kitlinski, 3 Charli Jacoby, 4 Kristine Sommer, 5 Alycia Washington, 6 Rachel Johnson, 7 Elizabeth Cairns, 8 Kate Zackary (C), 9 Ashlee Byrge, 10 Gabby Cantorna, 11 Jennine Duncan, 12 Eti Haungatau, 13 Emily Henrich, 14 Kristen Thomas, 15 Alev Kelter16 Hope Rogers, 17 Nick James, 18 Asinate Serevi, 19 Stacey Bridges, 20 Olivia Ortiz, 21 Amy Talei-Bonté, 22 Katana Howard, 23 Bulou Mataitoga
Canada: 1 Olivia DeMerchant, 2 Gillian Boag, 3 DaLeaka Menin, 4 Tyson Beukeboom, 5 Courtney Holtkamp, 6 Fabiola Forteza, 7 Janna Slevinsky, 8 Sophie de Goede, 9 Lori Josephson, 10 Taylor Black, 11 Sabrina Poulin, 12 Amanda Thornborough, 13 Anaïs Holly, 14 Irene Patrinos, 15 Elissa Alarie (C) 16 Veronica Harrigan, 17 Maude Laliberté, 18 Ngalula Fuamba, 19 Jacey Grusnick, 20 Gabrielle Senft, 21 Brianna Miller, 22 Alex Tessier, 23 Paige Farries
*Times reflect PST, Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Friday, June 28
Tuesday, July 2
- France 19-36 Canada
- New Zealand 33-0 USA
- England BYE
Saturday, July 6
- France 25-16 New Zealand
- Canada 17-19 England
- USA BYE
Wednesday, July 10
- England 20-18 France
- Canada 18-20 USA
- New Zealand BYE
Super Series Final Round – Sunday, July 14, Torero Stadium
- New Zealand vs England 1 PM
- France vs USA 4 PM
- Canada BYE
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