Kristen Waagbo put on a personal shooting clinic last night as the United States women took on England in the Under-19 world championship tournament at Minnegan Field at Towson Stadium.
The recent Mount Hebron graduate scored nine goals and had two assists to lead the United States to a 25-5 victory as the team boosted its record to 4-0. Waagbo's goal total was the most by a woman in this year's tournament and boosted her totals for the tournament to 19 goals and 27 points.
Waagbo, The Sun's 2003 Player of the Year headed for Duke, scored the first three goals as the U.S. team jumped to a 6-1 lead. England never got closer than within three goals and the 6-foot Waagbo continued to baffle the English defense with a variety of fakes and shots, earning Player of the Match honors.
Early in the second half, Waagbo scored on a nifty behind-the-back shot to give the U.S. team a 15-5 lead less than six minutes into the half. Another of her goals came on a low shovel shot with her back to the goal.
"She had a lot of fakes before the shots, she had a lot of speed going in and she had really fast shots," England goalie Karina Sobczyk said. "She was really, really smart. She did different things every time."
Waagbo got a lot of support from her teammates as Coco Stanwick, Rachel Sanford, Krista Pellizzi and Megan Havrilla scored three goals each. Leigh Jester had five of the U.S. team's 19 assists.
The Americans have now beaten the tournament's next three best teams - Australia (3-1), Canada (3-2) and England (2-2) - and they have an inside track to a berth in Saturday night's title game.
U.S. men 22, England 3: The Americans (4-0) opened with the game's first nine goals and routed England (1-3) in the final game of men's round-robin play.
The top seed in the Blue Division, the U.S. team will play the winner of this morning's game between England and Japan, the top seed in the Red Division, tomorrow at 5 p.m.
"We think it was the best game we played all tournament," U.S. coach Bob Shriver said. "We did a great job getting the ball from defense to offense."
Attackman Matt Danowski, the team's leading scorer in the tournament, had four goals and two assists, and Greg Cohen and Greg Peyser, a Johns Hopkins midfielder, added three goals each.
U.S. women 25, England 5
Goals: E-Lynch 3, Kiddle, Butcher; US-Waagbo 9, Stanwick 3, Pellizzi 3, Havrilla 3, Sanford 3, Miller 2, Adam, own goal. Assists: E-Lupton 2, C. Stoot, Smith; US-Jester 5, Miller 3, Stanwick 2, Pellizzi 2, Waagbo 2, Reese 2, Havrilla, Sanford, Reimers. Saves: E-Sobczyk 13; US-Shinaberry 2; Murray 3. Half: US, 13-4.
U.S. men 22, England 3
Goals: E-Kallaugher, Singleton, Alcock; US-Danowski 4, Cohen 3, Peyser 3, Griebe 2, Walsh 2, McGlone 2, DeSantis 2, Dixon, Dowd, Nolan, B. Thompson. Assists: E-Gosnay; US-Danowski 2, Dixon, Walsh, Griebe. Saves: E-Morris 20; US-Alford 10. Half: US, 12-1.