Argentina vs. Japan (Pool B)
Argentina came back triumphant with a 4-0 rout of Japan in the final game of day three women’s pool play.
Maria Barrionuevo, penalty corner and drag flick specialist, was responsible for all goals for Las Leonas.
Japan’s defense held tough for most of the first quarter, but Barrionuevo began her takeover on the team’s third penalty corner. She continued to do so into the second, scoring the exact same way to give Argentina a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Japan found it difficult to create any type of offense while Argentina had success in all areas. Carla Rebecchi got a rebound and slammed a shot into the back of the net to put Argentina up by three.
Maria Granatto added Argentina’s fourth goal with plenty of game left in the fourth quarter, but Japan finished out the game scoreless.
This was a key win for Argentina who looked to come out stronger after being upset by the U.S. in game one. Las Leonas leaped to third place after adding three points to their column.
Spain vs. China (Pool A)
China shut out Spain in day three’s last game of Pool A play 2-0.
China took the two-goal lead before halftime. The first score came off of a powerful flick from Yudiao Zhao. Yang Peng continued her Olympic success, tacking on another goal to her Olympic total.
Spain almost got on the board, but the shot came from outside of the circle, therefore not counting toward the score. It was China’s defense that won it, preventing all of Spain’s penalty corner attempts and not letting them get back into the game down the stretch.
Spain hangs back at last place while China picks up a key three points in Pool A.
Great Britain vs. India (Pool B)
Great Britain earned its second win in pool play after defeating India 3-0.
Three different players scored for Team GB. Giselle Ansley got the first goal of play with about six minutes to go in the second quarter. They did not waste any time scoring again when Nicole White pursued a blocked shot and shoved it into the goal.
The lead increased to three goals in the third quarter when Alex Danson came darting through the center of the circle, tipping her teammate’s pass right past India's goalkeeper.
Despite coming out of halftime much more aggressive, India could not get anything past Great Britain goalkeeper Maddie Hinch.
Great Britain will move into first place in Pool B, an impressive feat this early for the No. 5 world-ranked team.
Netherlands vs. South Korea (Pool A)
The Netherlands picked up another win on the quest for gold medal number three, topping South Korea 4-0 behind a hat trick from Kelly Jonker.
The team played poised from start to finish. Players took their time to reset the offense and were in no rush to force any shots.
Once they made it into the circle, Jonker was all over the ball. All three goals came from deflections.
Her first goal came in the first quarter off of a teammate’s deflection off of a South Korea defender’s stick.
With time winding down before halftime, Jonker again capitalized on a deflection from Kitty van Male’s insert into the circle. The Dutch grasped a 2-0 lead.
Jonker’s third goal came during a penalty corner. She caught the deflection on the shot, which ricocheted right into the corner of the cage.
Carlien Dirkse van der Heuvel piled another goal onto the lead minutes into the fourth quarter after a brilliant give-and-go play.
South Korea never found a way to challenge the dominant Dutch team, who won its second-straight game in shutout fashion.
New Zealand vs. Germany (Pool A)
In a close game, Germany pulled out a 2-1 upset victory over New Zealand.
It was New Zealand who took an early lead after Petrea Webster found success in the circle. Germany entered the second quarter looking to tie it up, and got that chance from Pia-Sophie Oldhafer.
Both teams had plenty of shot opportunities in the second half of play, but Germany was able to turn those into success. Anne Schroder scored off of a penalty corner putting the Germans ahead by one goal.
Germany has now passed New Zealand to move to second place in Pool A standings.