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US women beat England in field hockey World Cup

June 1, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United States upset England 2-1 Sunday in the women’s field hockey World Cup, scoring two early goals and then holding on for a hard-fought victory.

Paige Selenski tipped in a penalty corner in just the third minute to put the 10th-ranked U.S. ahead. Kelsey Kolojejchick doubled the lead in the 15th, deflecting in another corner. Kate Richardson-Walsh pulled a goal back for third-ranked England with a 56th-minute penalty corner.

“One of our goals going into the tournament is executing our penalty corners and I think we did that really well today,” Selenski said. “I think that can make or break a tournament like this.”

In other women’s matches, China and Germany played out a 1-1 draw and Argentina beat South Africa 4-1.

In the men’s tournament, Germany beat South Africa 4-0 and the Netherlands overcame Argentina 3-1.

In the final men’s match, Steve Edwards scored with a one-handed effort inside the first minute to give New Zealand a 1-0 lead over South Korea before Kim Seong-kyu equalized in in the 64th. New Zealand snatched the win five minutes later when veteran Phil Burrows pounced on a rebound from a penalty corner and slapped it into the net.

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