It was a classic confrontation played before an overflow crowd as Canada outlasted the United States 11-9 in overtime in the round-robin portion of the U-19 World Games in Turku, Finland, this past Saturday, July 14.

And now, they’ll meet again.

The United States pulled away for a 12-7 win today against the Iroquois Nationals to advance to the gold-medal game against Canada on Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m. EST (4 p.m. in Finland).

That July 14 win made Canada the first team to beat the United States in International U-19 play since sanctioned competition began in 1988.

A few days later, Iroquois became the second, beating the U.S. 15-13.

In the teams’ rematch, the U.S. pulled away. The game was tied 5-5 at the half.

University of North Carolina-bound midfielder Steve Pontrello of St. Augustine Prep in New Jersey led the U.S. with five goals, three of which came in a four-minute stretch.

Notre Dame-bound Matt Cavanaugh, a Chaminade product, continued his hot play with two goals and two assists. Hicksville grad Joey Leonard had one goal and one assist.

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