China Ousted From Quarterfinal
New Zealand topped China 3-0 in the final match of all of pool play, shutting out China from qualifying to the quarterfinal round.
Three different New Zealand players scored in the win. Olivia Merry got it started, but two goals in the third quarter from Gemma Flynn and Anita McLaren put it out of sight for China.
Despite getting the opportunities, China could not convert on its penalty corners to bring the game any closer than three goals.
The Black Sticks finished in second place in the Pool A standings.
Australia Takes Third In Pool
Australia defeated Japan 2-0 in its last game of pool play to secure third place in Pool B.
The game got off to a slow start, but a goal from Mariah Williams put Australia on the board in the second quarter.
The rest of it stayed close with Japan still in it until Emily Smith put it away for the Hockeyroos with just over five minutes remaining in play.
Japan officially will not qualify for the quarterfinal round after finishing fifth place in the Pool B standings.
Spain Holds Onto Hope
Spain held off an attempted South Korea comeback to win by a score of 3-2.
Spain looked like they might have been in trouble once Enubi Cheon scored for South Korea. Cheon laid out to swing at the ball, which deflected right off of the goal post into the goal.
Once the third quarter hit, Spain got it going. They scored two goals in the second quarter to take the one-goal lead on South Korea. In the fourth, they started to pull away, after a penalty corner goal from Gloria Comerma.
South Korea still had enough in them to get a penalty corner score to cut Spain’s lead to one goal, but the defense held strong for the remainder of the game to keep Spain’s qualification hopes alive.
In order for Spain to qualify to the quarterfinal round, China will have to lose against New Zealand.
Netherlands On Top
The Netherlands head to the quarterfinals in the top spot after defeateing Germany 2-0.
Slowly but surely, the Dutch put this one out of reach for Germany. Zan De Waard got her team on the board minutes into the first quarter when she converted on a wide open shot.
Kitty Van Male put the Dutch up two goals after hitting a shot directly off of a teammate’s pass up and into the cage.
Both teams will qualify for the quarterfinal round of play.
Argentina Advances With Shutout Win
Argentina didn’t just survive and advance, they dominated en route to a quarterfinal appearance with a 5-0 win over India.
Las Leonas had a shaky start in pool play but continued to fight for a top spot in the standings.
This game started out scoreless, but Argentina went off for five goals in the second quarter, two of them coming from Martina Cavallero.
They held off India in the third and fourth quarters behind backup goalkeeper Maria Mutio who came up with some big saves during her time in the cage.
Argentina currently is in third place in Pool B while India dropped to last, but the final standings will depend on the rest of the games played today.
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