|June 13th, 2013|
|4||Pool A||6:00pm||NED - JPN||1 - 1 (1 - 0)||Final||x 5|
Netherlands – Japan 1-1 (1-0 halftime)
On the surface, it seemed World #1 and host Netherlands was having no problem in their opening game of the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final as they controlled all aspects of the game against #9 Japan. But the one thing the Dutch could not do was convert their many opportunities into goals and in the end, the failure to convert cost them the win as they had to settle for the 1-1 draw.
Despite some good chances throughout the first half, it wasn’t until the 28th minute that the hosts got onto the scoreboard. Captain Maartje Paumen stepped up and easily scored on a penalty stroke to give the Dutch the 1-0 lead.
The score stayed locked at 1-0 through much of the second half, despite some early penalty corner chances for the Netherlands. But the Dutch failure to capitalize on their chances came back to haunt them late in the game when Akane Shibata put in the equalizer with a spinning move in the D to tie the game at one.
With the pressure suddenly on the Dutch to convert one of the their many chances, the last 10 minutes was more frenzied, but ultimately, the Netherlands had to settle for the 1-1 draw and learning the hard lesson that it’s not shots on goal that count, it’s goals.
|June 13th, 2013 at 11:09 am||Game five of the day is underway with host Netherlands (women) taking to the field against Japan|
|June 13th, 2013 at 11:26 am||After 15 minutes, the Japanese are hanging tough against the top-ranked Dutch, score still 0-0|
|June 13th, 2013 at 11:35 am||With seven minutes to go in the first half, the Dutch take the lead with Paumen easily sinks a penalty stroke|
|June 13th, 2013 at 11:43 am||The Netherlands takes the 1-0 lead into the break -- it could have been worse for the Japanese|
|June 13th, 2013 at 11:55 am||Second half opens with the Dutch getting an immediate pc chance, they miss the first chance, but are awarded another one and also miss|
|June 13th, 2013 at 12:04 pm||More than 10 minutes gone in the second half and the Dutch still hold a 1-0 lead....not for a lack of opportunity.|
|June 13th, 2013 at 12:17 pm||With 11 minutes to go, Japan's Shibata ties the game at one with a spinning move in the D to put the pressure on the Dutch|
|June 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm||Two minutes to go -- can Japan pull off the small upset and take a 1-1 tie against the Netherlands?|
|June 13th, 2013 at 12:32 pm||Japan and the Netherlands finish in a 1-1 draw -- a big result for the World #9 against the defending Olympic champion and #1 team.|