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|Rachel Dawson, right, battles with Argentina's Rocio Sanchez Moccia during the teams' meeting Tuesday. The U.S. won 1-0.|
Fun. I am not talking the band -- I am talking about last night. Pristinely clad (for the first time) in our white ensembles, we danced the tango on the blue turf of Riverbank Arena with our Pan American nemesis, Argentina, on Tuesday. It's a dance we've done often, and this time, like in the Pan American final, we won.
It wasn't exactly a pretty dance -- bodies were flying, sticks were colliding and South American tempers were flaring. Katelyn Falgowski and Melissa Gonzalez kept magic at bay, diffusing the spellbinding skill of Luciana Aymar, known as "La Maga” (the magician) of hockey. Their defensive effort, along with that of others, paved our path to a 1-0 victory.
In the end, it took a lot of discipline and a smidge of good fortune to earn the three points we needed to stay in the hunt for a top-two finish in Pool B. But we managed to get the job done and have a bit of fun along the way.
Be sure to stay tuned as there is more dirty dancing to come Thursday versus Australia.