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Locals watch big win

Former local standouts Anae, Belden expected to play Saturday, when Team USA faces Canada again at Corona del Mar High.

May 20, 2011|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com

But Mathewson, who led all players with three goals, led the late rally. She responded with two quick strikes from the perimeter. The second one, with 1:33 left in regulation, tied the score and forced the shootout.

The United States didn't miss in the shootout, as Maggie Steffens, Mathewson, Kelly Rulon and Lauren Silver all scored.

Armstrong, the veteran goalie, got her hands on Canada's first attempt, then clinched the win when she just deflected Krystina Alogbo's shot off the bar.

"It's nice playing with someone who obviously has a ton of experience," Anae said of Armstrong, who made eight saves. "She's one of the best goalies in the world, if not the best. There's only everything to learn. It's nice to ask her questions basically about anything, about traveling to different players on certain teams, certain tendencies. It's really nice to play with Betsey. And she's cool, so that's always a benefit."

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Elsie Windes scored twice for Team USA, and Jessica Steffens and Heather Petri also scored.

Rosanna Tomiuk and Hanna Yelizarova each scored twice for Team Canada, with Emily Csikos and Tara Campbell adding goals.

Anae is on her first national travel team. Belden is more experienced at the national level, after helping lead the Americans to the FINA World Cup title last August in New Zealand.

"The more experience you have, the more familiar you get with different players, different teams," Belden said. "It always helps to have a little bit of experience under your belt. But I've only been playing for like a year. It hasn't been for too long."

She looks to add to that experience Saturday.

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