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U.S. Paralympic National Team Loses to Netherlands, Will Play in 7th Place Match on Sunday, Sept. 9

LONDON (Sept. 7, 2012) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team fell to the Netherlands 5-0 on Friday in a 2012 Paralympics playoff classification match at Riverbank Arena in London.

The U.S. managed 15 shots, including six on goal, but Dennis Straaman scored twice for the Netherlands and four second-half goals were too much to overcome for the USA. Goalkeeper Keith Johnson made seven saves for the U.S.

The classification match was played to determine which teams would enter the placement round in the seventh-place match and the fifth-place match. The U.S. will now play Great Britain at 3:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 9. Great Britain lost 4-3 after extra time against Argentina in the second playoff classification match.

Great Britain beat the U.S. 4-0 on Sept. 5 in the final match of Pool B play.

-U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: Sept. 7, 2012
Competition: 2012 Paralympics; Playoff Classification
Venue: Riverbank Arena; London, England
Attendance: 3,848
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 0 0
NED                        1 4 5

NED – Dennis Straaman                      16th minute
NED – Dennis Straaman                      33
NED – Iljas Vister                               35
NED – John Swinkles (penalty kick)      39
NED – Peter Kooij                               59

USA: 1-Keith Johnson; 4-Chad Jones, 5-Bryce Boarman (7-Adam Ballou, 44); 9-Josh McKinney (capt.) (6-Chris Ahrens, 58), 10-Marthell Vazquez, 2-Gavin Sibayan (11-Tyler Bennett, 39); 8-Rene Renteria
Subs not used: 3-Jerreme Wade,12-Alex Hendricks
Head Coach: Jay Hoffman

NED: 23-George va Altena (1-Bart Adelaars, 48); 15-Joey Mense, 9-John Swinkles; 5-Lars Cronijn (14-Daan Dikken, 30), 7-Dennis Straaman, 10-Stephan Lokhoff; 11-Iljas Vister (6-Peter Kooij, 43)
Subs not used: 2-Jeroen Voogd
Head coach: Marcel Geestman

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 15 / 21
Shots on Goal: 6 / 12
Saves: 7 / 6
Fouls: 5 / 7

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Gavin Sibayan (caution)           38th minute

Referee: Alex Kirkley (GBR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ives Hayley (GBR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Wright (GBR)
Fourth Official: Garry Polkey (GBR)