|April 25th, 2012|
|2||Pool A||4:00pm||JPN - AUT||7 - 0 (4 - 0)||Final|
Japan 7, Austria 0
Top seeded Japan had no problem dispatching lowest seeded Austria, 7-0, in a battle of Davie vs. Goliath today at the FIH Olympic Qualifier. It was a total team effort for Japan as seven different players scored in the win.
Japan wasted no time showing that it is the team to beat at this tournament, pouring in four goals in the first half alone. Yuakri Yamamoto and Akane Shibata opened the scoring with two goals coming less than four minutes apart. Ai Murukami put in the third field goal of the game in the 25th minute to lift Japan to a 3-0 lead. The first-half scoring closed when Japan converted its first penalty corner chance, making it a hefty 4-0 lead at the half.
The second half was much of the same as Austria managed just one shot in the half. Japan didn’t do much offensively in the first part of the half, but it wasn’t for a lack of opportunities as the Japanese swarmed the Austrian net. Japan finally extended its lead in the 50th minute when Aki Mitsuhashi struck with an open field goal. Two more Japanese field goals brought the final to 7-0.
The only negative thing that could be said about Japan’s effort today against the Austrians was their lack of conversions on the penalty corner, something that will become more important as they work their way up to the higher seeded opponents at the event. Nevertheless, the hosts must be pleased with their performance as the first win was important for the team facing the most pressure in terms of expectations.
Japan’s next game will be on Friday against Malaysia, while Austria takes on Chile.