|June 14th, 2013|
|7||Pool A||6:00pm||JPN - CHI||6 - 0 (3 - 0)||Final||x 21|
Japan – Chile 6-0 (2-0 halftime)
Japan earned its fourth point at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final and handed Chile its second loss after a decisive 6-0 victory. The win keeps Japan in the hunt to win Group A with a close field of three teams that can finish atop the group.
Japan plays Korea in its final group game, while the other game will feature the Dutch against Chile. The Chileans are the only team out of the race for first place in the group.
It was an interesting contrast of styles on display as the disciplined and technical style of the Japanese met the athletic, free-flow of Chile. Despite the final score, Chile’s style worked quite well against the Japanese, but the difference was the experience of the Japan team.
Captain Rika Komazawa, a veteran with 228 caps, got Japan on the board just six minutes into the game when she easily stepped up and scored on the first penalty corner opportunity. Mazuki Arai took over the scoring duties for the rest of the half, putting in the 2-0 goal midway through the half and adding in a picture perfect, diving tip-in six minutes before the break to build a commanding 3-0 advantage.
Akane Shibata got things kicked off in the second half for Japan. She scored two goals less than two minutes apart to give Japan a huge 5-0 lead with 27 minutes left in regulation. Arai completed the hat trick and brought the final to 6-0 with a penalty corner goal to add the icing on the cake of her team’s first win of the event.
|June 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am||We're almost set for Game #5 of the second day -- is everyone ready for Japan vs. Chile? We sure are!|
|June 14th, 2013 at 10:52 am||If you're in Japan, in Chile or anywhere in between, you can watch the game live for free on You Tube! How cool is that?|
|June 14th, 2013 at 11:15 am||Japan takes the 1-0 lead six minutes into the game when Komazawa strikes on a penalty corner|
|June 14th, 2013 at 11:22 am||Japan strikes again as the #9 nation is looking very strong against Cinderella Chile, ranked 18th.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 11:37 am||Japan's Arai nets her second goal of the game, a beautiful diving tip in that leaves Chile 3-0 down with six to go in the half|
|June 14th, 2013 at 11:55 am||We're underway for the second half -- Japan in pole position against Chile with a 3-0 lead.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 12:01 pm||Japan pops in another two goals in rapid succession -- the 5-0 lead comes with 27 minutes left in the game.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 12:31 pm||Akai completes the hat trick to make the final score 6-0 JPN. Congratulations to Japan!|