MATCH REPORT

LANGFORD, British Columbia - The Women's Eagles Sevens suffered a shock defeat to Spain, 10-7, to open their HSBC Canada Women's Sevens account Saturday.

Richie Walker's team took an early lead and held onto the advantage until the Westhills Stadium full-time horn blew before conceding the match-winning try. The three-point loss puts the U.S. in third in Pool B on point differential behind their opponent and New Zealand. Fiji fell to the Kiwis Saturday, and will play the Eagles next at 3:42 p.m. PT.

Captain for the tournament, Bui Baravilala was first to her team's opening restart, and Richelle Stephens assisted in moving the ball to Alev Kelter at the 10. The Eagle dummied one direction to cut back into a gap for the first try of the match, which Baravilala converted.

Spain took advantage of Eagles penalties throughout the match by playing for territory, kicking to touch to advance the attack. A third-minute infraction just inside their defensive half cost the U.S. a lineout inside 10 meters of the try line. Walker's side did well to commit to tackles from the set piece to push Spain backwards, but several offloads in tackles resulted in Marina Bravo just slipping out of Stephens' reach for the reply try.

The Eagles were hemmed inside their own half for the remaining minutes of the first half due to several errors in the set piece and open play. They escaped the first seven-minute period with the 7-5 lead, however, sticking to their defensive systems and fundamentals.

Momentum swung back and forth in the opening minutes of the second frame, with Patricia Garcia chipping the ball behind the U.S. captain for a chase before Carmen Farmer and Nicole Heavirland escaped past midfield with power and several offloads. The attack was ended via a knock 15 meters from the try zone, and another set of infractions against the Eagles allowed Spanish lineouts inside the attacking half.

Vanessa Rial swung around a five-meter lineout in the 13th minute to receive a short throw, but could not finish off the play for a try, sending the ball into touch in an attempted pass. Garcia pounced on the ball in-goal from a U.S. put-in but had lost it forward, again keeping the Eagles' 7-5 lead intact.

Heavirland was next to ground the ball in-goal following another U.S. put-in, and then helped the Eagles push the ensuing lineout into touch. The Eagle received the ball from the lineout and turned to kick the ball into the stands to end the match, but found her kicked blocked and caught by Garcia, who dotted down for the match-winning, 10-7, try.

The Eagles will get back to work at Canada Women's Sevens against Fiji, which was shut out by the home side at last weekend's HSBC Atlanta 7s in the tournament's Plate Semifinal. The Pool B match will kick off at 3:42 p.m. PT live on The Rugby Channel.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Spain
1. Carmen Farmer
2. Megan Bonny
3. Emily Azevedo
4. Alev Kelter
5. Ryan Carlyle
6. Nicole Heavirland
7. Christy Ringgenberg
8. Bui Baravilala(C)
9. Richelle Stephens
10. Joanne Fa'avesi
11. Victoria Folayan
12. Jessica Javelet

Spain | v. USA
1. Berta Garcia
2. Paula Medin
3. Angela Del Pan
4. Patricia Garcia
5. Marina Bravo
6. Elisabet Martinez (C)
7. Iera Echebarria
8. Irene Schiavon
9. Maria Casado
10. Vanessa Rial
11. Amaia Erbina
12. Teresa Bueso

Women's Eagles Sevens | 7
Tries: Kelter
Conversions: Baravilala

Spain | 10
Tries: Bravo, Garcia
Conversions: N/A

Women's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Canada Women's Sevens
v. Spain - L 10-7
v. Fiji - Saturday, April 16 @ 3:42 p.m. PT
v. New Zealand - Saturday, April 16 @ 6:12 p.m. PT