U19 Team Blog: Kelsey Duryea
Team USA's GK tells us what's what with winning a semifinal
and going to the championship game.
Yesterday was a rest day. We went shopping (I bought a
Longchamp purse) and lunch (Subway) and went back to the hotel and
watched Shark Week in the room. We missed it last week so I wanted
to catch up. Then we went and just hung out and went to a German
place for dinner.
Today we went to breakfast and then a couple of us went to the
top of the Town Hall directly across from our hotel. (They
wouldn’t let us go back to bed and we needed something to
keep us awake.) We walked around a little bit and we really got
fired upon the way over to the game, listening to Party Anthem by
A lot of times, warm-ups are the place that either makes me or
breaks me, and today when Coach Chumley was warming me up, I was
stepping hard to the ball and really just focusing on the ball. I
thought to myself, "Today’s the day. I’m going to go
out there, and play better than I have all tournament.” I
really think that each day I step up my game a little bit, so today
On my crazy diving save: There were two girls coming in from
England and I came out to maybe intercept a pass and it
didn’t happen. So I found myself on the 8 with one girl
coming in, and tried to play a little defense (didn’t really
know what to do!) and then she passed to the girl on the crease and
I just stuck my stick where hers was and luckily I got it.
I was very surprised to get player of the game! Some people
thought Tatum would get it – it’s her birthday –
but I was really surprised to hear it. It was really exciting.
It's really crazy to be going to the championship, finally. We
were doing our cool-down lap and Taylor Trimble and I always run
together, and we were yelling “We’re going to the
‘ship! We’re going to the ‘ship!” and it
We have our last team dinner tonight at Maredo, which is our
go-to here. Probably going to get a nice steak and just hang out as
a team…and maybe pack a little bit.