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U.S. Paralympic National Team Falls to Ukraine in Paralympics Opening Match in London


U.S. Team Loses 9-0 against Highly Ranked Ukraine Side; U.S. Next Meets Brazil at 4 a.m. ET on Sept. 3 in Pool B Play at Riverbank Arena in London

U.S. Team Loses 9-0 against Highly Ranked Ukraine Side;
U.S. Next Meets Brazil at 4 a.m. ET on Sept. 3 in Pool B Play at Riverbank Arena in London

LONDON (Sept. 1, 2012) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team opened the 2012 Paralympics with a 9-0 loss to Ukraine in Pool B play on Saturday at Riverbank Arena.

Ukraine’s Anatolii Shevchyk led all players with four goals and teammate Ivan Shkvarlo added three to make for a busy match in the net for USA goalkeeper Keith Johnson, who had 11 saves.

The USA’s best scoring chance of the match came in the 21st minute when Marthell Vazquez hit the crossbar.

The U.S. next faces Brazil on Sept. 3, before wrapping up Pool B on Sept. 5 against Great Britain. The USA’s match with Great Britain is tentatively scheduled to be streamed live on Paralympic.org and http://www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV/, with kickoff at 9:15 a.m. ET.

- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Ukraine
Date: Sept. 1, 2012
Competition: 2012 Paralympics – Pool B
Venue: Riverbank Arena – London, England
Kickoff: 2 p.m. GMT
Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 0 0
UKR                        5 4 9

UKR – Ivan Shkvarlo 1st minute
UKR – Ivan Shkvarlo 7
UKR – Vitaliy Trushev 10
UKR – Anatolii Shevchyk 11
UKR – Anatolii Shevchyk 16
UKR – Taras Dutko 30
UKR – Anatolii Shevchyk 40
UKR – Ivan Shkvarlo 42
UKR – Anatolii Shevchyk 49

Lineups:
USA: 1-Keith Johnson; 2-Gavin Sibayan (4-Chad Jones, 43), 5-Bryce Boarman (6-Chris Ahrens, 53); 8-Rene Renteria, 9-Josh McKinney (capt.), 11-Tyler Bennett; 10-Marthell Vazquez
Subs Not Used: 3-Jerreme Wade, 7-Adam Ballou, 12-Alex Hendricks
Head Coach: Jay Hoffman

UKR: 12-Igor Kosenko; 2-Vitaliy Trushev; 4-Taras Dutko (3-Yevhen Zinoviev, 38), 5-Anatoliii Shevchyk, 11-Volodymyr Antoniuk; 6-Ivan Shkvarlo (10-Oleksandr Devlysh, 48), 7-Ivan Dotsenko (8-Denys Ponomaryov, 38)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kostyanty Symashko, 9-Oleksiy Hetun

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 6 / 38
Shots on Goal: 0 / 20
Saves: 11 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Haley Ives (GBR)
Assistant Referee 1: Scott Henry (GBR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Nield (GBR)
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud (GBR)

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