|July 28th, 2013|
|9||Pool B||10:00am||ARG - RSA||3 - 3 (3 - 2)||Final||x 8|
South Africa stun ArgentinaIn the second round of matches in Pool B, South Africa pulled off another last minute equalizer to keep the pool open and hold on to their chance of making the quarter-finals.
Argentina v South Africa 3-3 (3-2)
Getting the day underway on Pitch 2 at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, the Argentinean Leoncitas received a rude early morning awakening when they found themselves a goal down after only two minutes. South Africa had won a penalty corner on their first attack, and a variation allowed Nicole Walraven at the left post to make it count.
Argentina weren't flustered however, and put down a concerted effort dominating play for large stretches. The equalizer came after a few minutes, when Agustina Albertario capped off an attack with a superb reverse stick effort from the top of the circle. Maria Granatto piled on a second withn two minutes, and it looked like the South Americans might pull away from there.
However, South Africa stepped up their defense and showed gritty determination to stay in the game. Fighting the fast-paced attacks of the Leoncitas every step of the way. They contained the danger and were even able to score again, against the run of play, when Suléke Brand scooped the ball across the line after a penalty corner dissolved into a slightly chaotic crowded circle. Agustina Albertario then scored her second late in the first half to restore the advantage for Argentina, and the teams went into halftime at 3-2 for Argentina.
After the re-start, Argentina tried to secure their lead by adding another goal, but their efforts lacked spark and their South African counterparts showed no intention to relent their efforts. Much of the second half turned into a deadlock, with the two teams cancelling out each other's efforts, until the girls in green and gold pulled off a late goal similar to the one that secured them a point in yesterday's encounter with China.
Tanya Britz scored a goal from open play with 4 minutes on the clock to level the scores, and South Africa launched into a last minute rush that saw them win three opportunities to bag three points, but in the end, they couldn't make it happen. The draw nonetheless keeps Pool B wide open ahead of the last round of pool play.
Voices after the match:
Santiago Capurro, Coach Argentina: "It was a very hard game, we started not that good. It was also a very important game, but we had some mental problems. In three or four situations we had difficulties and South Africa used them to score."
Lindsey Wright, Coach South Africa: "First of all, I think Argentina is a fantastic hockey team, they show such flair and ability and I think my team had to really, really fight to compete with them today. But that is not taking anything away from my team, it's an incredible achievement for them. It's a point we never thought we could get, and it is a point we love to take but our most important match is against Canada because we need to try and finish it off properly now but in any case I am incredibly proud of our team and the characterictics they show and they showed every color in the flag. Our strength is what comes from the heart. We knew if we played with the passion that we always have within South Africans and for the reason we're playing for, we can bring it back from a 3:1 or a 2:1 deficit. That doesn't frighten us, we will play. There are some strong characters in our team that bring good qualities to the team in those moments and we gave ourselves some chances, and we could have even won this match today. These are the moments that we should really try and finish it off, but once again, I am incredibly proud that we took a point off the World Champions!"
|July 28th, 2013 at 2:58 am||Day 2 at the Women's ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach is about to get underway, it's another 8 match day!|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:00 am||First up on Pitch 2 are Argentina and South Africa. The umpires for the match are Vilma Bagdanskiene (LTU) and Kylie Seymour (AUS).|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:01 am||South Africa surprise Argentina with a PC variation in the 2nd minute. It's Nicole Walraven for ARG 0, RSA 1!|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:09 am||Fantastic goal for ARG, Agustina Albertario sinks a powerful reverse stick shot from the top of the circle. ARG 1, RSA 1.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:12 am||ARG have found their feet now and take the lead with Maria Granatto pushing the ball over the line from a crowded circle. ARG 2, RSA 1|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:24 am||RSA use the crowded circle after a denied PC and Suléke Brand scoops the ball across the line. It's ARG 2, RSA 2.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:30 am||Agustina Albertario scores her second, a hit from the middle of the circle. ARG 3, RSA 2.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:41 am||Halftime on Pitch 2, ARG 3, RSA 2. ARG are the stronger side, but RSA's gritty performance is giving them a run for their money.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 3:51 am||ARG and RSA head into the second half at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup on Pitch 2. It's still ARG 3, RSA 2.|
|July 28th, 2013 at 4:17 am||With 4mins on the clock, RSA look like they will rescue a point again!! Tanya Briggs scores the equalizer. ARG 3, RSA 3|
|July 28th, 2013 at 4:22 am||RSA put down a fantastic effort in the dying minutes chasing the elusive winning goal, but to no avail. Final result ARG 3, RSA 3.|