ATLANTA, Ga. – The Women’s Eagles Sevens opened Atlanta 7s – the home leg of the 2013-14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series – with a 31-0 shutout loss to Canada at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University Saturday.
The Eagles did not see much of possession throughout the match and began on the back foot immediately as Ashley Steacy caught the kickoff and raced towards the in-goal. Field hockey-crossover athlete Jessica Javelet caught up to the Canadian and made the tackle. Canada retained possession and Jen Kish set up her teammate for the try with a pass over the head of Rebekah Siebach. Mandy Marchak successfully converted for a 7-0 lead before the first minute had expired.
Another sustained attack by the neighbors to the north in the fifth minute resulted in a second try as Kish took advantage of an Eagles penalty five meters out with a quick tap. Marchak’s conversion missed wide for a 12-0 score line.
Bianca Farella, who also featured against the Women’s Eagles 15s side at the 2013 IRB Nations Cup, found room on the wing for a 70-plus-meter try after the first-half whistle had gone.
Down 19-0 at the half, the Eagles had little to show for the first seven minutes of the match. Javelet showed her speed on defense as well as an offensive play, but the score favored the Canadians.
Captain Jillion Potter broke through the gain line in the ninth minute and made it to the Canada 10 before handing off to Siebach. “Bex” was taken down just ahead of the try line and stretched to get the ball over, but could not put the Eagles on the scoreboard.
A scrum near the Eagles’ in-goal in the 12th minute allowed Kayla Moleschi to pad Canada’s lead to 26-0 after Magali Harvey’s conversion. Moleschi added her second at the final whistle by taking the ball from Javelet in the tackle to bring the final score to 31-0.
The Eagles will meet Australia in their next match of Pool A. The Qantas Women’s Sevens squad was also in a 31-0 result, albeit a winning performance against China. Watch the Eagles and Australia at 4:28 P.M. ET on Universal Sports and follow along with live match updates on Twitter with @USARugby.
Women's Eagles Sevens | v Canada
1. Deven Owsiany
2. Kelly Griffin
3. Jillion Potter
4. Rebekah Siebach
5. Christy Ringgenberg
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Victoria Folayan
8. Amelia Villines
9. Irene Gardner
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Megan Bonny
12. Jessica Javelet