Netherlands Squeaks Past China
In the final seconds of the game, the Netherlands found a way to edge China by a 1-0 score.
Kitty Van Male was in the right place at the right time after China goalkeeper Dongxiao Li dove for a save and missed. Van Male bounced the shot off of her stick for the goal the Netherlands had been looking for down the stretch.
Li was a dominant force all night in the cage. She received all of the action, blocking shot after shot from the Dutch. Her final efforts unfortunately fell through for China, who couldn’t set anything up on offense all game.
This win puts the Dutch back on top of Pool A standings with a slight advantage over Germany. With the loss, China stands at fourth place.
Great Britain Prevails
Great Britain stays perfect by holding off Argentina’s two-goal comeback and walking away with a thrilling 3-2 victory.
Where to begin?
Team GB had complete control of the first two quarters. Helen Richardson-Walsh led her team with two goals in two minutes, blanking Argentina as they exited the pitch for halftime.
After a brief lull in the action, Great Britain’s Sophie Bray found her way toward the cage and put a shot past Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi.
Just when it seemed out of reach, in came Florencia Habif to score two in a row before the third quarter’s end. This brought Argentina fans to their feet, and the energy suddenly changed in Deodoro.
Team GB drew a penalty stroke in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Succi reacted and made a key save to keep the deficit at one goal.
In a last effort, Argentina took Succi out with seconds remaining on the clock in hopes tie it up. Team GB prevented Las Leonas from getting any clear looks at the cage. Instead, Great Britain survived a true test down the stretch to keep its lead in one of the most excellent matches of the tournament.
Germany Has Crucial Fourth Quarter
Germany topped South Korea 2-0, propelling them to the top half of Pool A’s standings.
The teams spend three quarters scoreless. Neither side could establish total control on offense, and both teams had fairly equal scoring opportunities.
South Korea goalkeeper Sooji Jang was like a wall sending away and shot from Germany that she could get a limb on.
Halfway through the fourth, Jang came out aggressively to block a Germany goal, taking out a player along the way. What looked like a sure penalty stroke for Germany turned out to be a clean play after a video referral from South Korea.
Germany finally scored on its fifth penalty corner when Hannah Kruger pushed one right past Jang. From there, they began to take over. A reverse stick shot from Lisa Altenburg with a minute and a half to go got her teammates and coach extra pumped up and confident that they would walk away with the win.
Don't Count Australia Out
Australia is back.
The Hockeyroos reminded everyone why they are the No. 3 ranked team in the world by razing India in a 6-1 win.
Jodie Kenny was lethal on offense for Australia. Her two goals came off of an earned penalty stroke and clever penalty corner play.
Australia dominated the direction of play for the entire game. India could barely get the ball near Australian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch as the Hockeyroos kept up the pressure all the way through the fourth quarter.
India got on board with eight seconds left in play when Anuradha Thockhom batted the ball out of the air and into the cage.
Four different Australian players besides Kenny contributed to the team’s scoring. The team finished the game with 16 attempted field goals compared to three taken by India.
Finally, the Hockeyroos escape last place by sending the message that they are not to be counted out of medal contention.
New Zealand Leaps in the Standings
New Zealand topped Spain 2-1 in the first game of the day and leaped ahead in Pool A standings.
Behind two goals from Kelsey Smith, the Black Sticks climbed from fourth place to second place in the standings. With the loss, Spain still remains in last place.
Spain never ceased to hustle despite trailing the whole game. This paid off in the very last second of the game for Carlota Petchame who knocked a shot between the New Zealand goalkeeper’s legs and right into the net and helped her team avoid a shutout.
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