Argentina beats NZ 3-1 in men’s field hockey
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Gonzalo Peillat scored three goals on penalty corners as Argentina beat New Zealand 3-1 at the field hockey World Cup on Friday.
Despite good chances in the first half for New Zealand, the Group B match remained scoreless until shortly after the start of the second half, when Peillat scored in the 44th minute.
Stephen Jenness leveled the score four minutes later, deflecting Phil Burrows’ free hit into the goal. But Peillat made it 2-1 again in the 51st and added a third 12 minutes later to give New Zealand its first loss of the tournament.
Argentine ’keeper Juan Vivaldi, who blocked a point-blank shot in the first half, said the team had stuck to its game plan to focus on defense.
“If we can build a solid defense and then win some penalty corners, we have one of the best drag-flick specialists in the world (Peillat),” said Vivaldi.
The Dutch team took the outright lead of Group B later Friday after beating rival Germany 1-0 with a goal in the 19th by Jeroen Hertzberger. The Netherlands lead the group with nine points, ahead of Argentina and New Zealand who both have six points.
In women’s matches, the United States moved to the top of its pool after beating China 5-0 with a hat trick from Katie O’Donnell.
The U.S., considered underdogs, now lead Pool B with two wins and a draw.
O’Donnell opened the scoring in the fourth minute on a pass from Michelle Vitesse, and Vitesse quickly made it 2-0 on a strike from just inside the circle. The Americans overwhelmed China with their speed and versatility.
China’s Liang Meiyu said her youthful side suffered from nerves.
“They were more physical and technically better than us, and we were just too nervous to play our game,” she said.
Argentina’s women beat Germany 3-0, looking rock-solid on defense and dominating on offense as well. One piece of bad news for Argentina was the early departure of star midfielder Luciana Aymar with a leg injury.
South Africa beat England 4-0 to eliminate them from contention.