courtesy of Russell McKinnon
The Aussie Stingers’ win follows an opening 8-all draw the previous night. Australia started strongly once again and led 5-0 early in the second quarter but only had a 5-4 lead at halftime as the USA battled back. "When we got down 5-0 I was worried for the crowd that we weren't going to put on any type of performance. I'm just glad we got back into the game," said USA Head Coach Guy Baker.
The advantage was the same at the final break with the USA drawing level at 9-all and 10-all in the final period before Australia went 13-10 up, only ceding a penalty goal in the last 35 seconds. USA had two 6 x 5 opportunities in the fourth quarter to take the lead but failed. Nikita Cuffe scored four goals for the World Cup champions while the USA’s best was Natalie Golda with three goals to go with the four she scored in the first Test.
"We were always playing from behind and couldn't get over the hump, we never got the lead," lamented Baker. He continued "We're trying to work on a few things and we will keep preparing and get as much out of the games as we can. We'll just keep doing what we are doing."
The third Test will be played in Perth on Saturday night with the final two Tests in Sydney on Monday and Tuesday.
Result: International women’s series, Perth Test 2:
Australia 13 (4, 1, 4, 4) (N Cuffe 4, G Beadsworth, K Gynther 2, R Rippon, S Mills, B Knox, S Smith, K Finucane)
USA 11 (0, 4, 4, 3) (N Golda 3, L Wenger 2, P Cardenas 2, K Craig 2, A Gregorka, B Hayes).
Saves: Jamie Hipp 6
6 x 5: USA 4-12, AUS 5-10
Australia leads five-test series 1-0.