|May 3rd, 2008|
|14||Round-Robin||2:00pm||CAN - KOR||0 - 4 (0 - 2)||Final|
Korea had to play without their captain and starting goalkeeper Ju Young LIM, suspended following an incident in their match against Ireland on Thursday. They started the game at full speed, earning a penalty-corner within 20 seconds of play, but it was well deflected by Sarah FORBES in the Canadian net. Canada was up to the challenge, loudly encouraged by a large home crowd, and played their best hockey of the week, pressuring the Korean defense and earning a penalty-corner, saved by back-up keeper Young Hui MOON.
Canada matched the Korean pace for 15 minutes, until Da Rae KIM inherited the ball in the circle and beat Sarah FORBES from close range. Canada nevertheless maintained their aggressive defensive structure and efficiently prevented the Koreans from getting any more clean chances. They also did not hesitate to take their own opportunities and tested the Korean keeper on a few occasion.
Korea scored a penalty-corner in the last minute of the half to go into the break with a two-goal lead. They kept pressuring the Canadian defense in second half but were denied multiple times by a stellar Sarah FORBES in the Canadian net before Da Rae KIM scored her second goal of the match at the conclusion of a fast series of passes through the defense. With fatigue kicking in, the pace of play declined. Canada pushed courageously in the final minutes to score a consolation goal but could not beat the Korean defense.
Korea won the match (4-0) and will go into the Final on Sunday with an unblemished record of 5 wins in as many games. Canada will be happy with their strong performance against the top ranked team that gives them a positive momentum going into the Bronze Medal match.