|June 18th, 2013|
|14||Quarterfinal||12:30pm||NZL - JPN||3 - 1 (0 - 1)||Final|
New Zealand – Japan 3-1 (0-1 halftime)
New Zealand became the first team to earn a berth in the Semi-Finals at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Finals with a too-close-for-comfort 3-1 win against Japan.
New Zealand entered the tournament as the second-highest seeded team, ranking third in the FIH World Ranking. But a second place finish in their preliminary round group pitted them against dangerous Japan in today’s quarterfinal. The Japanese proved to be a tough opponent, playing hard for the entire 70 minutes, but ultimately, New Zealand’s determination won out in the battle.
Japan wasted no time getting on the board when they scored in the first minutes of action with a little help from New Zealand, which scored the own goal. The deficit did little to slow New Zealand down, which dominated the first half action after falling behind. The Black Sticks had multiply penalty corner chances, but could not find the back of the goal until Krystal Forgesson put in a rebound on a short corner chance five minutes into the second half to end the frustration.
The game stayed deadlocked for another 15 minutes as New Zealand continued to apply steady pressure, but with no luck. Finally, Anita Punt gave New Zealand their first lead of the game in the 54th minute, firing in a short corner shot into the upper corner of the net – a truly unstoppable shot for Japanese goaltender Ryoko Oie.
Despite the excellent goaltender from Oie, Japan could do little as New Zealand continued to pound away at the Japan goal. Charlotte Harrison iced the win for the Kiwis with just under five minutes left in the game, putting the nail-in-the-coffin 3-1 goal to seal the spot in Thursday’s Semi-Final.
|June 18th, 2013 at 5:23 am||Hello Hockey Fans! It's a scorcher here in Rotterdam today and the women's quarterfinal action is sure to add to the heat!|
|June 18th, 2013 at 5:24 am||First up on the schedule is New Zealand vs. Japan. The game starts at 12:30 -- remember it is streamed live for free on FIH You Tube!!|
|June 18th, 2013 at 5:37 am||Japan is clearly ready for the game -- they score the 1-0 goal in the first minute of action! Imrepssive|
|June 18th, 2013 at 6:01 am||The first-minute Japan goal is still the only offense with 12 to go in the first half, but NZL applying lots of pressure.|
|June 18th, 2013 at 6:15 am||The 1-0 lead for Japan endures through the half. New Zealand has had multiple chances to even the game, but so far no luck|
|June 18th, 2013 at 6:32 am||New Zealand finally scores on one of their numerous penalty corner chances. Score now 1-1|
|June 18th, 2013 at 6:44 am||We're still deadlocked at 1 with 19 minutes to go. If the game ends in a tie, it will go directly to a shootout....exciting!|
|June 18th, 2013 at 6:47 am||With 16:25 left in the game, Punt goes to the upper corner on a beautiful short corner flick. NZL holds the 2-1 lead|
|June 18th, 2013 at 7:01 am||Charlotte basically seals the New Zealand victory with the 3-1 goal for the Kiwis with less than five to go in the game|
|June 18th, 2013 at 7:09 am||New Zealand takes the win against Japan and is into the Semi-Final game here in Rotterdam -- congratulations to them!|