Waikato lose spot in women's playoffs
Waikato-Bay of Plenty saw their playoff hopes disappear yesterday with a 4-1 defeat to Auckland Football in their ASB Women's League encounter in Mount Maunganui.
A draw would have been enough to give coach Peter Smith's side a spot in the last four and a semifinal matchup against Southern Conference winners Mainland Pride. However, they gave up second spot in the Northern Conference to yesterday's rivals at Links Ave.
Rebecca Tegg scored twice for the visitors, who led 1-0 at halftime and doubled their lead soon after the restart through Hannah Kraakman. Jess Clark gave the hosts hope by reducing the deficit to 2-1 but Auckland drew away again through Steph Skilton before Tegg got her second eight minutes from time.
Defending champions Northern will host Capital in the semifinals after hammering the Northern-based New Zealand Football under-17 side 7-0 yesterday.
In the southern conference, Mainland Pride sent an ominous warning to Auckland with a 6-1 win over Central at Memorial Park, while Capital found their scoring touch in a 7-2 win over South on the artificial turf pitch at Wakefield Park in Wellington.
Capital had struggled to find the back of the net in their previous five matches, netting four goals, but exploded into life with a second-half hat-trick to Maxine Cooper and a brace of goals in the first 10 minutes to Emma Rolston.