CHICAGO (March 25, 2015) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team fell 2-0 to No. 2-ranked Ukraine in its second match of the FOOTIE 7-Povoa 2015 tournament in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.
Playing against the second-ranked team in the world, the U.S. PNT was unable to overcome an early attack from the Ukrainians who jumped to a two-goal advantage in a span of four minutes.
Romanchul Vitalii notched both tallies for Ukraine, scoring in the 9th minute and then again in the 13th minute.
"It was a great test for the team today against the No. 2-ranked team in the world,” said U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp. “Although we gave up two soft goals in the first half due to lapses of concentration, I felt the team recovered well and demonstrated some good character as the game went on. The staff is learning a great deal about the players during this competition and it’s been an excellent exercise ahead of the World Championships.”
Next on the five-team tournament, the U.S. PNT will play Argentina on March 26 and wrap-up play against Portugal on March 27.
“With a quick turnaround we take on Argentina tomorrow,” continued Sharp. “We are looking forward to seeing how we cope with this challenge against another top-ranked team in the world"
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. Ukraine
Date: March 25, 2015
Competition: FOOTIE 7 – Póvoa 2015
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Venue: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Weather: 52 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
DEN 2 0 0
UKR 7-Romanchuk Vitalii 9th minute
UKR 7-Romanchuk Vitalii 13
USA: 2-Gavin Sibayan 7, 3-Adam Ballou 7, 5-Bryce Boarman 5 (7-Marthell Vazquez 5, 31), 6-Jordan Weise 7 (17-Michael Moore 7, 41), 9-Seth Jahn 6 (capt.), 15- Mason Abbiate 8 (11-Rene Renteria 8, 31), 18-Alex Hendricks 7
Subs not used: 1-Keith Johnson 7, 4-Tyler Bennett 7, 10-Kevin Hensley 8
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp
UKR: 1-Symashko Konstyantyn (capt.) 7, 2-Trushev Vitaliy 7, 3-Zinoviev Yevhen 5, 4-Dutkoko Taras 8 (8-Ponomarov Denys 8, 31), 7-Romanchuk Vitalii 7 (13-Krasylnykov Artem 7, 41), 9-Dotsenko Ivan 7 (6-Hetun Oleksiy 7, 31), 14-Hetman Dmytro 7 (10-Podolskyi Stanislav 8, 54)
Subs not used: ---
Head Coach: Ovcharenko Sergei
USA / UKR
Shots: 16 / 20
Shots on Goal: 0 / 6
Saves: 8 / 0
Corners: 2/ 3
Referee: Rui Eiras
Assistant Referee: Pedro Maia
Assistant Referee: Carlos Dias