Australia, Spain, USA and South Africa head to 5-8 placement matches
The Netherlands, Argentina, England and India are the four semi-finalists in the Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. Friday’s semi-finals will see Argentina facing England with The Netherlands taking on India. In the 5-8 placement matches USA will play Australia with South Africa facing Spain.
India celebrated a deserved 4-2 win over Spain to reach the semi-finals for the first time in Women’s Junior World Cup history. Argentina marched into the next round, defeating Pan American archrivals USA 2-0 in the second quarter-final. England surprised by beating Australia 1-0. The Netherlands secured their fourth win of the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup with a 9-1 over South Africa to set up a semi-final with India.
Spain v India 2-4 (2-2)
Both teams entered the pitch with great intensity. Spain won an early penalty corner which resulted in a well worked goal, Patricia Marana passing the ball to Xantal Gine who smashed it into the bottom of the goal. But India replied immediately equalising through Monika. The score stood at 1-1 after ten minutes of play.
Afterwards it were India that dominated ball possession and had better scoring opportunities than Spain but failed to convert them. However, Spain took the 2-1 lead against the run of play five minutes before halftime when team-captain Berta Bonastre scored from open play. Once again, India did not take long to strike back. Navneet Kaur equalised with an outstanding reverse stick shot to level the match at 2-2 at halftime.
India started into the second half with real fire. Ponnamma Mallamada Narendra converted a penalty corner giving India their first lead in this match. They kept on pushing their opponents into their own half. Rani extended the lead 4-2 midway in the second half when she penetrated the circle on the right and scored from a reverse stick strike.
Spain’s first penalty corner in the second half came in the 53rd minute but the shot was blocked. With eight minutes remaining on the clock they won another penalty corner but Marana’s attempt was saved by Indian captain Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam. Afterwards another penalty corner shot from Gine went wide. Spain tried hard to come back but ended up losing 4-2.
Voices after the match:
Neil Hawgood, Indian coach: “The success has come from all the big losses as we have been beaten by the top teams in the world in World League Round 3. Now, this senior experience helps the girls here at the Junior World Cup. The girls were a bit nervous at the beginning but they showed character and continued to work for 70 minutes.”
Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Indian captain: “Today’s key was the scoring and the team spirit. We decided to win this match and played fast throughout the whole game. We are very excited now as we have never reached the semi-finals before. Of course we would love to qualify for the final.”
Rani, 4-2 goal scorer: “This is amazing. It is a great day for Hockey in India. I knew that we will win today if we keep up the pressure.”
Jorge Donoso Bailon, Spanish coach: “India is a great team. They were really fast with their dangerous counter-attacks.”
Argentina v USA 2-0 (1-0)
The first half saw hardly any goal scoring chances until the 34th minute, when Argentina won the first penalty corner of the game. Julia Gomes Fantasia took the drag flick and fired the ball into the net to open the scoring. Earlier, Argentina had failed to score when the US girls were short-handed by two players. Much of the play took place in midfield and both sides struggled to create promising scoring opportunities.
With 22 minutes remaining on the clock the Leoncitas won their second penalty corner; this time Gomes Fantasia’s flick was cleared by US defender Kelsey Harbin. Shortly afterwards, the US girls forced three penalty corners in a row but could not capitalize on any of them. The Leoncitas eventually doubled their lead on 60 minutes thanks to Roberta Werthein securing the 2-0 win.
Voices after the match:
Agustina Metidieri, ARG player: "We will study our next opponents and then we will hope to win to move on to the finals. I don't have a preferred opponent for the semi-finals."
Laura Gebhardt, USA team captain: "It was a hard fought game. I think we played very well, but we did not finish hard enough in the circle. I am satisfied with our team performance, yes and no, because we wanted to win, but I think we played very well. Now we have to keep fighting."
Australia v England 0-1 (0-1)
Because of the excessive heat here in Mönchengladbach, this match was played in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each. Despite the heat, both teams played high tempo hockey. Georgia Nanscawen returned to the Jillaroo squad today after recovering from bone bruising on her knee.
Australia earned two penalty corners in the first quarter but failed to make them count. It was the superb saving ability of goalkeeper Caitlin Jeffries that kept England in the game. England’s first penalty corner came ten minutes before halftime. The first shot was parried by Jillaroo goalkeeper Elizabeth Duguid and Grace Balsdon fired in the rebound.
In the second half less speed was in the game as both sides struggled with the weather conditions. Australia forced three penalty corners in the last ten minutes but the English defence stood firm with goalkeeper Jeffries ensuring the ball did not get past her. The Jillaroos forced another penalty corner in the last minute but could not get the shot away.
Voices after the match:
Grace Balsdon, goal scorer England: "I think our team defending has improved day by day and in the end we won the game today. It was not pretty but we did our job and we just defended. It is nice to play countries like Australia, they are very good team and the challenge was there. We were prepared to go, we had nothing to lose. That was our challenge and we made it. It means everything to play for your country and then scoring the goal that takes you to the semi-final, there is no better feeling."
The Netherlands v South Africa 9-1 (4-1)
The Netherlands secured their fourth win of the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup with a 9-1 over South Africa to set up a semi-final with India. South Africa suffered their first defeat in this tournament and will now face Spain in a 5-8 placement match. South Africa’s Toni Marks surprised with the opening goal of the match, but The Netherlands fought back with a double-strike from their penalty corner expert Lieke van Wijk and goals from Lisanne de Lange and Xan de Waard turning the score into 4-1 at halftime.
Like the previous match, this game was also played in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each because of excessive heat here in Mönchengladbach. The third and fourth quarter saw The Netherlands take control of the game with South Africa struggling to get out of their own half. Dutch top scorer van Wijk added two more penalty corner goals, lifting her tournament total to 12. Despite being up 6-1, the reigning world champions were not finished scoring as goals from Maria Verschoor, Samantha Saxton and de Lange secured a stunning 9-1 victory.
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