Day 6 Recap
Korea 14 v 7 Hong Kong
A five-goal streak in as many minutes just before half-time inspired Korea to victory in their final pool game against Hong Kong.
Hong Kong led 5-3 after 22:39 and were going along nicely until the Korean’s burst rocked them and completely changed the momentum of the match.
After the break, Korea were much more dominant running settled plays with success and finding the net regularly.
Eunah Choi finished with 5G 2A for Korea while MVP Anna Kim picked up 2G, 2A and 8DC helping to setup Korea’s possessions.
Alexandra Tsai did get a hat-trick for Hong Kong, but they struggled to contain Korea in the second-half as they pushed to get back in the game.
Korea (2-2) will now play Sweden (1-2) tomorrow at 11.30am while Hong Kong (1-3) take on Colombia (0-3) at 4.30pm in the start of the placing matches.
Italy 9 v 5 Switzerland
Kerrin Maurer (5G 1A) and 11/13 on the draw, was the driving force behind a 9-5 Italian win over neighbours Switzerland.
Switzerland, and in particular, Jacinta Edebeli played a hard defensive game and Edebeli secured five ground balls in an MVP-winning performance.
The Swiss held on to the Italian coat tails for much of the game, Rahel Voegeli and Sara Da Silva both scoring twice but Italy took advantage of the amount of possession they were able to secure and took the win.
Italy play Ireland at 11am tomorrow while Switzerland will have a rest day as they await the losers of Korea v Sweden.
Netherlands 21 v 1 China
Netherlands put in a professional performance against China in their final game in Pool C.
Hanneke van Verseveld scored five as she took her tournament tally to 13 and match MVP Dieke Spitzen scored one goal and won 6/7 on the draw for to control the game for the Dutch.
China’s Xiao Xiao scored their only goal of the game with the score at 10-1 but were rarely able to test the opposition goalie.
Netherlands (2-2) now play Latvia (2-2) at 1.30pm and China (0-4) will take on Spain (0-4) at 5.30pm.
Israel 18 v 0 Belgium
Israel secured a 100% record for the pool stages with an impressive shutout against Belgium to secure their place in the Play In matches.
Emma Lazaroff, Ali Steinberg and Jess Steinberg all scored hat-tricks in the win with Lazaroff earning the MVP award for her efforts.
Belgium showed effort and application throughout with goalie Lynn Van den Bergh recording seven saves.
Israel (4-0) will now play Japan (4-0) tomorrow at 3pm for a place in the Quarter-Finals with Belgium (1-3) playing Mexico (1-3) at 2.30pm.
Spain 7 v 8 Mexico
The penultimate match of the group stages in Pool D was a dramatic encounter between two Spanish speaking sides, Mexico just held on for the win over Spain who came close to drawing level with a late run of goals.
These teams were well matched and played with similar styles it was always going to be a close game. After 15mins of play the game was tied at 3-3. Mexico’s #27 Layla Anne Tattersfield and #23 Sophia Isabel Eigo turned up the heat scoring their team’s next 5 goals whilst Spain could only find one in reply during that time.
With Mexico ahead, Spain had to dig deep and find some inspiration. It came late in the second half as they began a comeback run shortly after a time out. 2 late goals put Spain within 1 of their opposition and they had control of the ball. However, Mexico’s Clara Arlid Rivas stood strong between the pipes to grasp their first win of this tournament. Rivas took the MVP award for her integral part that win.
Mexico will now play Belgium on Tuesday 18th at 14:30
The field will be awash with red and yellow as Spain next face China on Tuesday 18th at 17:30
Germany 11 v 3 Latvia
Germany cruise to victory in the last game of Pool D over Latvia.
The first 5minutes of this game began goalless and looked like it had the potential to be a close call. However, the well drilled German side were simply building up to a dominant performance.
A 7 goal run without reply from Latvia put Germany comfortably ahead. Germany found the score sheet with 8 different players to make a real team win. Tessa Helf led the scoring once again with 3 goals followed close behind by Emma Mollenhauer with 2 goals and 1 assist. MVP award went to Germany’s #6 Mareile Kriwall.
Germany finish Pool play in 2nd with Latvia just behind them.
Germany will next play Czech Republic on Tuesday 18th at 10:30
Latvia take to the field to play Netherlands on Tuesday 18th at 13:30