The U.S. beat Mexico yesterday 23-21 to get its first victory at the Panamerican Youth Handball Championships. Down 11-8 at the half the U.S. came storming out of the gate in the 2nd half to take a 14-13 lead in the first 10 minutes. The U.S. never relinquished the lead and held on for the 23-21 victory.
Key to the U.S. success was the outstanding play of goalkeeper Rene Ingram who had numerous saves and was named man of the match. Also, playing a big role were Paul Skorupa and William Kennedy. Each had 6 goals as the U.S. had by far its best showing on offense with fewer turnovers and good ball movement that resulted in better opportunities to score. Kennedy has emerged as a much needed additional scoring threat in the backcourt despite only starting his handball career last September. He currently is a freshman at Texas A&M.
The U.S. will have an off day today and will sets it sights on qualification for the World Championship on Thursday. There are several potential scenarios going into the last day of group play, but the best chance will involve a Mexico loss to Paraguay, coupled with a U.S. victory over winless Costa Rica.
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