The US came out controlling the ball in the first quarter but only managed a couple of behinds before Lyndsay Kastanek scored the first major of the quarter. Aimee Legault gets Canada on the board with a behind. Inaccurate kicking by the US keeps the score close.
Canada plays much better but they too are suffering from inaccurate kicking. The only major of the quarter is scored by the Freedom's Jessie Hazen after a Canadian player is called for throwing the ball 15 meters from the Freedom goal. Canada must be feeling good about having 5 scoring shots to 1 for the quarter. The US avoided a major disaster when Cathy Hoha kicked the ball the wrong way to the Canadian full forward. The US was able to retain possession. One of the Canadian behinds came on a spoil on the line by the Freedom's Beth Nollenberger.
Play has been pretty even with neither team controlling the ball for sustained periods.
The Freedom open the third quarter scoring with a behind. Jessie Hazen marks right in front of goal, plays on but the ball was touched by a Canadian defender. After a set shot by Andrea Casillas falls short and is deflected out of the bounds, the Freedom gain possession of the boundary throw in and snap a goal.
Canada begins moving the ball through Erin Loughnane which leads to Megan Dietrich scoring Canada's first goal after a US penalty. Kendra Heil gets Canada's 2nd major after marking a centering pass. Canada levels the score when Laura White scores the third goal in a row. Canada finishes the scoring for the quarter with two behinds with the last one coming right before the siren.
After a good start to the third quarter by the Freedom, Canada dominated by scoring 3.3 to the Freedom's 1.0 giving Canada an 11 to 2 edge in scoring chances in the past 2 quarters.
The Freedom strike first in the 4th quarter with a goal by Eileen Geoghegan. With about 10 minutes left in the game, Lyndsay Kastanek marks deep in the pocket and kicks true. A couple of minutes later Kastanek strikes again to give the US 3 straight goals and a 6 point lead.
Canada scores a goal with about 4 minutes left. With 2 minutes left, Aimee Legault marks in front of the Canadian goal and kicks straight to bring Canada within 5 points.
Freedom: Kastanek(3), Hazen(2), Geoghegan
Northern Lights: Dietrich, Heil, Legault, White, Loughnane
Best Players: Erin Loughnane (Canada), Marie LaVictoire (USA), Lyndsey Kastanek (USA)
courtesy of Ohio Sports Radio Network