Central York grad Lauren Moyer scores again, helps U.S. field hockey team reach semifinals

  • Central York grad Lauren Moyer has four goals in four games at the Pan Am Games.
  • Moyer has helped the United States to four-straight wins at the event.
  • Team USA will face Canada in the semifinals at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Lauren Moyer

This is getting to be a habit.

For the fourth-straight game, Central York High School graduate Lauren Moyer has scored a goal for the United States Women's National Field Hockey Team at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

For the fourth-straight game, Team USA has come away with a victory.

Moyer, a midfielder, scored the opening goal of the game to help the Americans to a 9-0 triumph over Cuba in a quarterfinal contest on Sunday.

The midfielder now has eight goals as a member of the national team in 67 appearances.

The 13th-ranked U.S. team now advances to a semifinal battle at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday against No. 18 Canada, which won its quarterfinal match over No. 30 Mexico, 9-0.

The other semifinal pits No. 3 Argentina vs. No. 15 Chile. Argentina routed No. 38 Peru in its quarterfinal, 21-0. Chile, meanwhile, won its quarterfinal match over No. 25 Uruguay, 5-0.

Cuba was ranked No. 63.

The semifinal winners will meet at 6:15 p.m. Friday for the gold medal. The Pan Am champion will also earn a berth in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Americans are hoping to make a return trip to the Olympics after finishing fifth at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Even if the U.S. team doesn’t win the Pan Am Games, they can still reach the 2020 Olympics. At the end of October or the beginning of November, the Americans could still get invited to an Olympic qualifying event. The entrants to that event will be based on how other continental qualifiers perform and team rankings.

The Pan Am event is considered the biggest stage for the sport of field hockey in the Americas.

The U.S. team, which trains at the nearby Spooky Nook Complex in Lancaster County, has a definite Pennsylvania flavor, with 10 of the 16 players coming from the state.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.