CHICAGO (March 23, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the opening game of the Footie 7 – Povoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.
An early goal by defender Kevin Hensley in the eighth minute proved to be the game winner as the USA began the five-team tournament with a strong performance against the European side.
“I was delighted with the attitude of the players today in a game that required a great deal of concentration and physical commitment,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp.
“It goes without saying, kicking off this competition with a victory against the 4th-ranked team in the world is an excellent start, but now we must focus on the next three games which will be against some very tough opposition. The squad has been working hard over the past year, and gradually we are starting to see the benefits of this in our games. Our next match is against Ukraine, who is second in the world, and we may require to shuffle the team a little to allow for some injuries from today’s game, but I am confident no matter who enters the field wearing our jersey will give their all for the team.”
The U.S. PNT will play Ukraine on March 25, face against Argentina on March 26 and meet Portugal on March 27.
For the USA, the tournament is serving as preparation for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships, which will run from June 16-28 at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire, England.
- U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Paralympic National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: March 23, 2015
Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Weather: 54 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
NED 0 0 0
USA: Kevin Hensley 8th minute
USA: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 2-Gavin Sibayan 7 (17-Michael Moore 7, 50), 3-Adam Ballou 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7 (7-Marthell Vazquez 5, 26), 6-Jordan Weise 7, 9-Seth Jahn 6 (5-Bryce Boarman 5, 38), 10-Kevin Hensley 8 (capt.) (11-Rene Renteria 8, 53)
Subs not used: 15- Mason Abbiate 8, 18-Alex Hendricks 7
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp
NED: 1-Stefan Boersma 6, 2-Jeroen Saedt 5, 3-Jeroen Schuitert 7 (13-Kasper Stroes 5, 52), 8-Lars Conijn 7,12-Harm Panneman 8 (6-Peter Kooij 8, 31), 14-Daniël Dikken 7, 15-Joey Mense 7,
Subs not used: 4-Myron Gebbink 5, 5-Teddy Witjes 7, 9-Jeroen Duin 7, 11-Iljas Saäban Visker 8, 16-George van Altena 6
Head Coach: Marcel Geestman
Shots on Goal: 1
Referee: Pedro Maia
Assistant Referee: Carlos Dias
Assistant Referee: Gustavo Correia