(Photo: © FIH / Carlos García C.)
New Zealand defeated Spain on day three of the BDO Junior World Cup, a day that featured exciting matches in hot and humid weather in Boston, USA. The 4-0 win gave the Junior Blacksticks the lead in Pool C of the event.
The first Pool C match was a competitive one between Spain and the Junior Blacksticks of New Zealand. New Zealand was looking to follow up its first dominating win over Netherlands, while Spain was looking to come back from its 3-0 defeat to China.
New Zealand kept the edge and prevailed in the 18th minute off a penalty corner, to go up 1-0. Spain’s Carolta Petchame was awarded a penalty stroke early in the second half but, as the ball sailed wide left, she failed to equalize the score. In the 60th minute, New Zealand went up 2-0 on a field goal by Katie Glynn. Minutes later, off a penalty corner, Katie Glynn gave New Zealand an insurance goal. Continuing their endless barrage into Spain’s attacking circle, New Zealand finished out the match 4-0 on a penalty corner goal. With no goals in the tournament thus far, Spain is left in a tough spot to advance to the medal rounds.
In other Pool C action, Netherlands came out firing against China, scoring two goals in the first ten minutes. While the pace of the game favored Netherlands, China kept themselves in the match off a beautiful field goal midway through the second half; making it 2-1. China kept up on the attack, but could not overcome a yellow card at the end of the match; thus, China was dealt a 2-1 loss to Netherlands.
In Pool B action, the “Leoncitas” of Argentina met a tough defending Lithuania squad; who is participating in their first BDO Junior World Cup. Unable to capitalize off numerous scoring opportunities, Argentina broke through on penalty corner in the last minutes of the first half. Lithuania had attacking chances and a few penalty corner opportunities of their own, but Argentina continued to assert their dominance with two back-to-back scores in the second half. Argentina finished the second half the way they did the first, with a penalty corner goal in the last minute, to get the 4-0 shutout over Lithuania.
Germany and South Africa met in what started out as a fierce second Pool B match. Germany had many penalty corners in the first half and finally scored in the 18th minute, but South Africa countered a minute later to tie the game 1-1. Back and forth play ensued, until Germany broke past the brilliant play of South Africa’s keeper to go up at the half 2-1. Germany made a statement through two field goals by Celine Wilde, their third and fourth of the match, in the 36th minutes and 42nd minutes. Again, quick to counter on the attack, South Africa’s Nicole Kemp shot behind Germany’s keeper; making the final score 4-2. Leaving South Africa to battle with Lithuania in their respective Thursday matches for the last spot to advance in Pool B.
All action from Boston can be followed ‘live’ through the special micro site of the FIH. Please click here for direct access to the BDO Junior World Cup website.
Results BDO Junior World Cup, Wednesday 5 August 2009
Lithuania-Argentina 0:4 (0:1)
Germany-South Africa 4:2 (2:1)
Spain-New Zealand 0:4 (0:1)
Netherlands-China 2:1 (2:0)