|June 16th, 2013|
|11||Pool B||2:00pm||NZL - BEL||4 - 2 (3 - 0)||Final|
New Zealand – Belgium 4-2 (3-0 halftime)
New Zealand sealed up second place in Group B after a clear 4-2 win over Belgium. The win means that the Black Sticks will meet the third-place team from Group A, which will either be Japan or the Netherlands, in Tuesday’s quarterfinal. The loss gives Belgium third place in the group.
New Zealand was clearly the better team in the meeting, but it took them awhile to find their scoring touch. But once they broke the silence, the floodgates opened as they poured in three goals in an eight minute span.
The goals came in wide array of forms. Krystal Forgesson scored the key first goal in the 21st minutes with a deflection effort. Captain Kayla Sharland doubled the lead when New Zealand was awarded a penalty stroke after the ball went into the goal off of a player’s foot. Rounding out the eight-minute flurry was Gemma Flynn with a penalty corner deflection. The 3-0 lead stood at the break.
New Zealand picked up right where they left off in the second half, scoring the 4-0 goal just three minutes into the half with a Katie Glynn penalty corner flick. After the goal, New Zealand eased up a bit assured in the knowledge that they had most likely clinched second place in the group.
Belgium snuck into the game a bit with 18 minutes left when Louise Versavel scored a point blank goal to pull Belgium to within three. A second goal came on a nice fake with three minutes left in the game to cut the lead in half. The goals served mostly window dressing in the final scoreline as New Zealand was far too strong for Belgium to consider a comeback.
|June 16th, 2013 at 7:04 am||New Zealand and Belgium players are just about finished singing their anthems -- now it's time to get down to business!|
|June 16th, 2013 at 7:29 am||Forgesson breaks the scoring silence for New Zealand with a nice goal in the 20th minute for the deserved lead|
|June 16th, 2013 at 7:35 am||Kayla Sharland easily scores the 2-0 goal thanks to an awarded penatly stroke.|
|June 16th, 2013 at 7:38 am||Seven minutes before the break and things are looking good for New Zealand -- Flynn scores the 3-0 goal on a pc deflection|
|June 16th, 2013 at 8:01 am||New Zealand starts the second half right where they left off, scoring a short corner goal five minutes in to make it 4-0.|
|June 16th, 2013 at 8:12 am||Belgium is on the board....with 18 minutes to go in the game, a point blank shot makes it a 4-1 affair.|
|June 16th, 2013 at 8:30 am||A nice move from Belgium cuts the lead to 4-2, but with just over 2 minutes left in the game, the comeback might fall short|