England came up against formidable opposition in the reigning champions and World #1 USA as they went down 18-1 on Day 4 at RWLC17.
The home fans provided a passionate and vocal support from the off, but the team on the field were unable to translate it into goals on the pitch as the US, playing an extremely aggressive ride and double team defence stifled England whenever in possession.
The home side did have opportunities early on and drew the first save of the match from Devon Wills who looked assured between the posts whenever called upon.
After that moment, the USA turned on a relentless passing game, working the ball around their attack creating multiple opportunities and although Izzy McNab posted five first-half saves along with a couple of interceptions, the USA went in to the break 8-0 ahead.
Hompe, Brett and Merrifield all had efforts but were unable to break the US defence.
England did eventually break their duck in the second-half through Megan Whittle, who with five shots in the game, continued to push for the England cause.
Kayla Treanor (5G, 7A) was particularly impressive throughout, combining well with her fellow teammates to bag the MVP award and lead her side to an 18-1 scoreline.
England will look to regroup quickly for their important match against rivals Australia tomorrow at 3pm, who picked their first win against Wales earlier today.