The Black Sticks women will meet Korea in Sunday’s Four Nations final after soundly defeating USA 5-0 at the ITM Hockey Centre in Whangarei on Saturday.
After a first half dominated by defence on both sides of the ball, New Zealand took total control in the second period and poured on four well-worked goals.
Sian Fremaux was the sole scorer in the first half before Anita Punt, Krystal Forgesson, Kayla Sharland and Petrea Webster added their names to the scoresheet.
The victory was extra satisfying for 21-year-old Sam Charlton, who captained the side in her 50thinternational test for New Zealand.
Black Sticks head coach Mark Hager said he was impressed with his side’s cohesiveness in the second half.
“Overall today was a much better team performance. We moved the ball very well in the second half and created the chances we needed to win,” Hager said.
“We’re now looking forward to a fast-paced rematch against Korea in tomorrow’s final.”
Earlier in the day Korea booked their place in the final after upsetting Olympic silver medallists Argentina 4-3.
At one point Korea stretched their lead out as far as 4-1 before Argentina struck back in the second half through some slick attacking moves, but couldn’t muster an equaliser.
Today’s results see Argentina play USA in the 3rd vs 4th placing game at 1:00pm tomorrow afternoon while the Black Sticks battle Korea in the final at 3:30pm.
Both games will be live streamed on the Hockey New Zealand website.
Korea 4 (Da Rae Kim, Seul Ki Cheon, Mi Hyun Park, Hye Lyoung Han)
Argentina 3 (Delfina Merino, Daniella Lucia Sruoga, Maria Noel Barrionuevo)
Halftime: Korea 2-1
New Zealand 5 (Anita Punt, Krystal Forgesson, Kayla Sharland, Sian Fremaux, Petrea Webster)
Halftime: NZ 1-0
Source: Hockey New Zealand website
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