FIL World Cup: New Zealand, Japan Win Battles of Unbeatens
|New Zealand's Lisa Beagley, left,
protects the ball while driving against Ireland's Claire
© Shawn Muir/Game Day Photography
The third day of the FIL Women's World Cup saw showdowns between four of the remaining unbeaten teams in the tournament, with Japan and New Zealand topping the Haudenosaunee and Ireland, respectively.
Canada and the United States also stayed perfect in Pool A - Canada beating England with the USA topping Wales - , while Israel had Saturday off due to a request that they not play on the Sabbath. Their game against Hong Kong was moved to Monday.
Seeding will soon be settled for the medal rounds, as just two full days of pool play – Sunday and Tuesday – remain.
Saturday Results and Recaps
Japan 15, Haudenosaunee 11
In a key showdown of Pool C unbeatens, Japan scored seven of the final nine goals to rally from behind and grind out a tough win against the Haudenosaunee by a four-goal margin. Down 9-8 after Alie Jimerson scored her team's fifth straight goal in a run that covered the final four minutes of the first half and the first two minutes of the second, Akiko Wada got Japan back on track with a free position score to open the final barrage.
Wada led Japan (3-0) with three goals and an assist on six shots, with Eriko Ogawa (4G), Rie Mito (2, 2) and Saori Hieda (1, 3, 7 draw controls) also had big games in the win.
Awehiyo Thomas had five points for the Haudenosaunee on three goals and two assists, with Trenna Hill (3, 1) and Jimerson (2, 1) also contributing.
Box Score (PDF, opens in new window)
New Zealand 13, Ireland 4
A balanced offensive effort helped New Zealand stay unbeaten in pool play, toppling fellow unbeaten Ireland on Saturday afternoon.
Clare Stewart-Hunt (3G), Sarah Butler (2, 1), Victorial Lelo (1, 2) and Stephanie Eaton (2, 1) all had three points for New Zealand, which jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the break and continued to press the pace in the second half, scoring the final four goals of the contest after Ireland pulled to within five midway through the period.
Ireland (2-1) got two goals from Claire Halliday and seven saves from Lucy Morris in the loss.
Netherlands 10, Finland 9
Down by four at halftime, the Finns stormed back with five unanswered goals to start the second half, but the Netherlands recovered to re-take the lead and hold on and earn its first win of the tournament (1-2).
After Finland's Laura Jamsen gave her team it's first lead of the day on a free position midway through the second half, Dieke Spitzen scored the equalizer and Hanneke vanVerseveld the game-winner, both on free position shots. vanVerseveld was joined by Mieke den Bakker and Evelien van Ingen in scoring two goals each for Netherlands, while Sarah Wyborgh had a goal and two assists. Spitzen had six ground balls in addition to her key goal.
Jamsen's goal for Finland was her third of the contest, while teammate Sinikka Ijas had two goals and an assist. Goalkeeper Katri Tanninen made nine saves in the game.
Scotland 14, Germany 10
Four goals from Alisa Stott and three goals and an assist from Eleanor Bygroves helped Scotland dispatch a persistant Germany squad, holding on for its second win in pool play despite the Germans holding a 7-6 advantage in the second half.
German goalkeeper Sabine Paul made 17 saves to keep the game close, while Anna Blank (4G) and Mareile Kriwall (3G) led the offense.
Korea 18, Latvia 5
Korea earned its first win of the tournament by topping Latvia, which remains winless thus far. Game details are unavailable at this time.
Austria 12, Sweden 5
Austria improved to 2-1 while Sweden remains winless in pool play. Game details are unavailable.
Pool Standings after Day 3
United States (2-0)
New Zealand (3-0)
Hong Kong (0-2)
Day 4 Schedule
9:00 – Finland v. Ireland
10:00 - New Zealand v. Scotland
11:30 – Korea v. Israel
12:30 – Wales v. Canada
2:00 – Austria v. Hong Kong
3:00 – Australia v. USA
4:30 – Latvia v. Netherlands
5:30 – Germany v. Haudenosaunee
9:00 Monday – Israel v. Hong Kong (Moved from Saturday due to request for religious observation of Jewish Sabbath by Israel)