Black Sticks women pipped by Argentina 3-2

Last updated 21:00 08/04/2014
Stacey Michelsen
CHARGING FORWARD: New Zealand's Stacey Michelsen dribbles up-field during the Black Sticks' 3-2 loss to Argentina.

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The Black Sticks women lost to Argentina 3-2 at the Hawke's Bay Festival of Hockey in Hastings tonight.

Locked at 2-2 with the clock winding down, both sides scrambled and dived for the winning goal and it was Carla Rebecchi who found the net - with three minutes to play - to give her side its third win of the tournament. It was New Zealand's second loss in three matches.

The Black Sticks worked hard in the second half to pull back a 2-0 deficit after Rebecchi and captain Luciana Aymar had put the visitors ahead.

The Black Sticks' performance improved as the game went on - the Kiwis marked players well, turned over a lot of ball and created opportunities. The Black Sticks' discipline and attitude paid off when Anita Punt scored her third goal of the tournament and captain Kayla Whitelock netted 10 minutes later.

In earlier games, extremely wet conditions made play difficult between Korea and Japan, at one point delaying the match. At halftime the score was locked at 1-1, but the tempo was soon raised when Korea struck early in the second half.

Japan quickly responded with a set move off a penalty corner, however, it wasn't enough to stave off a late Korean assault, with Cheon Seul finding the net in the dying minutes taking the score to 3-2.

Australia beat China 4-0 in the other match.

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