The New Zealand women's hockey team have lost their test series against Korea after dropping the second match 4-3 in Taeneung.
Having lost the first test 3-2, the Black Sticks again let the home side notch three first half goals. Despite another second half fightback, the head start was too big to haul in.
Black Sticks coach Mark Hager said his side was too loose in defence and punished on the counter-attack.
''Despite our defensive errors we continued to create opportunities on attack but simply lacked the ability to finish them off.''
Katie Glynn got the Kiwis off to the best possible start as she finished a slick passing move down the right hand side to put the Black Sticks up after just two minutes.
But a penalty corner three minutes later, followed by field goals in the 13th and 32nd minutes, gave Korea a 3-1 lead at the break.
Another Korean goal in the 44th minute set up the home side for the victory. New Zealand continued to fight and goals to Sam Harrison and Gemma Flynn gave the Kiwis hope of a draw but they were unable to snatch a late equaliser.
Stacey Michelsen ran tirelessly all match and created numerous opportunities.
The third and final test is tonight (NZT).
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