U.S. Women's Deaf National Team Advances to Semifinals of 2005 Deaflympics
Women’s Team to Face Denmark in Semifinal;
Men’s Team to Play Czech Republic in Ninth Place Game
MELBOURNE, Australia (January 13, 2005)—A 3-0 win over Great Britain on Thursday (Jan. 13) solidified the Women’s Deaf National Team’s number one spot in the hexagonal phase of the 2005 Deaflympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. The women next face Denmark in the first tournament semifinal on Friday (Jan. 14) at Olympic Park Stadium while the Men’s Deaf National Team plays the Czech Republic in the ninth place match.
Three U.S. women trail tournament-leading scorer Irinia Degtrayeva, of Russia, who has 11 goals. U.S. captain Erin Coppedge leads the trail with nine goals, followed by Virginia Keeler with six and Katie Romano with five.
As they head into the semifinal match against No. 4 team Denmark, the U.S. women are undefeated and have 23 goals for and only 3 against. Denmark and Russia are the only two teams to score against the U.S., with the Danish squad sneaking two past the U.S. ‘keeper in their first game of the tournament.
The Men’s Deaf National Team faces the Czech Republic also on Friday (Jan. 14) at Kingston Heath Reserve in a match to determine ninth place. The U.S. finished group play with a forfeit win over Ghana, who had trouble with their visas at the airport, a 2-1 loss to Turkey and a 4-1 loss to Italy. A 2-0 overtime victory over Greece placed the men in the ninth place match. With a win on Friday, the team would earn their highest finish ever, after finishing 10th at the 2001 Deaflympics in Rome, Italy.
Men's Deaf National Team - Results
*Ninth Place Match
Men's Deaf National Team - Group 2 Standings
Women's Deaf National Team - Results
Women's Deaf National Team - Standings