Team USA bests India 3-0, stays undefeated
Team USA is playing its best hockey right now on the world's biggest stage.
Behind another stellar effort from Katie Bam, Team USA shut out India 3-0 to stay undefeated in pool play.
Both teams got out to a sluggish start. It wasn’t until the end of the first quarter that Bam scored the first of her two goals on the first shot of the night for either team. Katelyn Falgowski made a reverse-stick pass to Bam who chipped the ball over a defender’s stick and into the goal.
From there it was all Team USA.
Bam scored her fifth goal overall in the tournament after taking an India defender baseline and dribbling back into the center of the circle to wind up for the shot.
"Katie's a prolific goal scorer and has been for many years," U.S. coach Craig Parnham said. "She's one of a great group of forwards and midfield players that we have. It's wonderful for us that she's been able to score goals and create opportunities."
For the second consecutive game, Melissa Gonzalez joined in on the scoring action slamming a powerful shot past India goalkeeper Savita Savita.
U.S. goalkeeper Jackie Briggs has made a huge impact by staying active and aggressive in the cage all tournament long, and she did the same tonight to earn the shutout win.
The U.S. is now 4-0 in Pool B and will face Great Britain for a chance to clinch the top spot.
"It's nice to know we've solidified our quarterfinal spot," Bam said. "Our goal now is to win the pool, and that all happens in that one game."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.