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WNT Coaches Manage Injuries

Thursday Aug 20, 2009 in Women National Teams

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After three test matches and with another in two days (the latter three occurring over a week), the USA Women have suffered only two injuries to its 30-strong roster. Not bad considering the level of physicality the Eagles have played, and faced.

Hannah Stolba went down within a couple minutes of stepping in at flyhalf against England. She tweaked her knee – though she was walking around Thursday, albeit somewhat gingerly downhill – and with Dr. Lisa Bartoli by her side. Coach Kathy Flores decided that the tournament wasn’t worth chancing further complications.

“Hannah’s heading into the premier season this fall with the Valkyries, and I didn’t want to preclude her involvement,” Flores said.

Flores wants to see the premier league take off for obvious reasons, but she also wants to ensure that when she travels the country to watch some of these matches (at least that’s the plan), that the highest level of play is being achieved.


It might be tough for the Valkyries to live up to Flores’ expectation as Stolba’s Minnesota teammate, lock Jill Potter, will also be on the disabled list awhile having separated her shoulder yesterday. She went down in the second 20 of the first half, just when the USA started to get some solid quick phase ball together. There was a promising overload inside the 22 meter, and Potter loaded in the line to take the ball at full pace.

“It’s just one of those injuries that rugby players eventually get,” Flores brushed off. “We know both Hannah and Jill very well, so they weren’t going to show us anything we didn’t already know. If it was the World Cup, I’d say, ‘Tape it up, you’re fine!’"

Everyone else is as healthy as one could hope, including wing Natalie Marchino, who was carted off the field with what looked like a knee/ankle injury. It was only leg cramps and she was running around full speed Thursday.

- Jackie Finlan

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