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Donegal Junior, US Under-19 Field Hockey Team Shut out Ireland Under-21 Team

After opening the series with a scoreless tie on Sunday, the U.S. Under-19 field hockey team broke out for three goals on Tuesday. The Americans shutout Ireland's U-21 team 3-0 at St. Gerald's School in Wicklow, Ireland, getting a pair of goals from Donegal junior Mackenzie Allessie.

Penn Manor junior Emma DeBerdine had an assist in the game.

Team USA went on the attack early on Tuesday, with Allessie crossing a ball to Leah Crouse in the ninth minute, but her shot sailed wide of the cage. Ireland took the ball to the other end of the field and earned a penalty corner in the 16th minute, but U.S. defender Kayla Blas was there for the block.

The second quarter opened with a pair of chances for the U.S., but Megan Rodgers' shot was saved and Grace Wallis' attempt was deflected wide by the Irish defense. Instead, the first goal of the series would come in the 25th minute as DeBerdine connected with Allessie.

Meghan Schneider slipped the ball ahead to DeBerdine who took it up the right baseline and dished a pass across to Allessie to make it a 1-0 game at halftime.

Ireland went on the attack in the third quarter, earning two penalty corners in the 40th minute, but both were saved by goalie Bri Barraco. The U.S. countered with a corner of its own, but would not add another goal until the 53rd minute.

The Americans regained control of the ball in the midfield and Samantha Popper hit Wallis in stride. Wallis then dribbled into the circle and fired a reverse to the far post to double the score.

It would remain a 2-0 game until the final seven minutes of play when Riley Donnelly wove through the defense before finding Allessie for a rocket into the back of the net.