China vs. Germany (Pool A)
China and Germany tied 1-1 in the final matchup of women’s pool play for day two in Rio.
Germany took an early one-goal lead over China in the first quarter. Lisa Altenburg took the ball into the circle and split to China defenders before flipping a shot into the goal.
China answered with just under two minutes to go in the second quarter. Yang Peng scored off of a penalty corner attempt to even the score up at one.
Both teams’ shot attempts couldn’t find their way into the goal during the third. However, a lot of game remained for either team to claim the lead.
Germany had two penalty corner opportunities down the stretch, but China’s defense swatted both attempts away. The Germans had theirlast chance with about a minute left to play, but China goalkeeper Dongxiao Li made one final stop to end the game in a draw.
Netherlands vs. Spain (Pool A)
The Netherlands began its campaign for a third-straight gold medal overpowering Spain by a 5-0 score behind two goals from team captain Maartje Paumen.
The dominating performance on offense started for the Dutch when two-time FIH Player of the Year Paumen fired a long pass into the circle which Lidewij Welten tipped into the goal.
Laurien Leurink and Marloes Keetels got in on the scoring action in the second quarter. Paumen then piled on another score to send Spain into halftime at an overwhelming four-goal deficit.
Spain continued to fight for chances in front of the net, but Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek stayed active as she had been all game, diving all over the place to make save after save.
Just when it seemed like the Dutch offense may have entered a lull in the fourth quarter, Paumen again sent one flying into the goal on another penalty corner. Her two goals put her at 16 all-time Olympic goals scored, which breaks the previous record that she also held.
Spain never found a way to get back in the game. The team ended the game blanked by the top-ranked team not only in its pool, but also the world.
Japan vs. India (Pool B)
Japan and India ended in a 2-2 draw despite a major third-quarter comeback from the India squad.
This proved to be one of the more equally matched games of Pool B. Neither team could gain much control in the first quarter. With 5.5 seconds left in the period, Japan received a key scoring opportunity on a penalty corner. A drag flick from Emi Nishikori shot past India’s goalkeeper for the one-goal lead.
Japan increased its lead to two goals in the second when Mie Nakashima made a play off of a rebound during a penalty corner.
India came out from halftime ready to send a message it would own the third quarter. On its first corner of the game, Rani scored to cut Japan’s lead to one goal.
With minutes left in the period, Lilima Minz took an attempted shot out of the air and directed it right into the back of Japan’s net.
The two teams went into the fourth quarter all tied up. Much like the first, both couldn’t seem to capitalize on their scoring efforts. Japan had what looked like two open chances to convert, but India goalkeeper Savita Savita made brilliant saves to keep the even score until time expired.
New Zealand vs. South Korea (Pool A)
New Zealand dominated South Korea 4-1 in the opening game of women’s field hockey pool play. The Black Sticks had four different players score in the victory.
Before the end of the half, Kirsten Pearce, Charlotte Harrison and Gemma Flynn all put one in the goal, giving their team a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
South Korea could not seem to figure out how to keep up with the offensive prowess of New Zealand. They spent three quarters scoreless.
Petrea Webster added to the Black Sticks lead later in the fourth quarter. With six minutes remaining, South Korea finally managed to get on the board after a goal from Kim Hyunji to avoid the shutout.