Black Sticks lose World Cup match to Korea 1-0

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 06:32 03/06/2014

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Captain Kayla Whitelock says the New Zealand women's hockey team can only blame themselves for their disappointing World Cup loss to Korea.

After just two games in the tournament, they are now long-shots to reach the tournament's semifinals, following their upset 1-0 loss to Korea in The Hague in the Netherlands this morning.

The Black Sticks were well short of their best and a crestfallen Whitelock said it was their own fault.

"It was disappointing to be honest. There were no combinations and it wasn't flowing for us today. We need to have a good look at ourselves individually and make sure we prepare right for the tough game coming up."

Whitelock accused her side, the world No 5, of being complacent against the eighth ranked Koreans.

"I think we thought it was just going to happen rather than making it happen," she said.

New Zealand didn't create enough chances and were outplayed by a slicker Korean outfit who lost their opening game 1-0 to Australia.

New Zealand had just five shots at goal and only three on target.

Darae Kim scored the game's only goal with a superb finish.

Korea moved the ball down the left side of the turf before a powerful byline hit found Kim in front of Dally Rutherford's goal. Kim's perfect deflection, in the 30th minute, to the bouncing pass struck the cross bar then the right post then the goal line before trickling over.

New Zealand's best chance came from an Anita Punt penalty corner - one of only two the side had - but her drag flick went wide.

New Zealand's next match was against the world No 1 Dutch side on Friday morning.

SCOREBOARD

Korea 1 (Darae Kim) New Zealand 0. Halftime: Korea 1-0.

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