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Goal-rich match ends in favor of team USA – bitter loss for Thailand

Many goals were scored in the match between USA and Thailand. When the dust settled the Americans saw their efforts paid off with a 9-7 victory.

To the surprise of many, it was Thailand to open the score after just 29 seconds of play when Sirinan Boonbut was able to place the ball in the USA net. Around ten minutes later, she repeated her trick and suddenly the Thai saw themselves leading with 2-0. As if this wasn’t a surprise enough, the WFC’s first 5-minute penalty of the tournament soon became a fact when Onuma Doungsuda received the penalty for a dangerous high stick. It was an opportunity team America accepted with both hands and in the following minutes the team scored no less than 3 times granting them the lead for the first time in the match. The lead was solidified when Victoria Lindstrom delivered the 5-2 to the team but they couldn’t enjoy it for long as Onuma Doungsuda had a moment of redemption after her 5-minute when she scored the 4-3.

In the second period, team USA slowly started taking control over the game, something they failed to do in the first. With the efforts paying off, the team was able to bring the score to 7-3 in a matter of minutes. The game took a slow turn in the final half of the period but exploded in the last minutes when USA scored one goal in powerplay and a shorthanded goal in the period’s last second.

USA scored a fast goal in the final period but it was Thailand to score twice. With a 9-6 score USA had a comfortable lead. However, the Thai were giving everything hoping to reduce the gap. Hectic minutes followed in which Thailand successfully brought the gap back to 2 points. With 3 minutes to play Thailand had a good opportunity to at least force a draw but USA played cleverly and had ball possession for much of the last period. No more goals fell and USA won with 9-7.

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