US Womens National Team to battle Argentina for third place at Four Nations
U.S. Women’s National Team to battle Argentina for third place at Four Nations
New Zealand defeats Team USA to advance to the final with Korea
WHANGAREI, New Zealand – April 12, 2013 - The U.S. Women’s National Team is set to play Argentina in the third place match Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET after falling this evening to host New Zealand, 5-0, while New Zealand and Korea will meet in the final of the first Four Nations tournament in Whangarei, New Zealand.
"Our relatively inexperienced group can still learn a lot from a game like tonight’s,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “We had a pretty strong first half performance with a couple of good scoring opportunities. The second half lacked the unite player and therefore we lost a bit of our structure. New Zealand is a strong team and they were able to capitalize on the opportunities that were given to them."
“It was disappointing that we didn't get the result we wanted today,” midfielder Katelyn Falgowski said. “But we came over here for experience and today was another great opportunity for growth. We will take the strengths out of today, learn from our weaknesses and attack strong tomorrow."
The U.S. had a solid first half performance with several scoring opportunities and several extended periods of pressuring New Zealand’s defense. Both teams were defending and attacking well and it was an evenly matched game at the end of the first half with New Zealand up by one goal.
However in the second half, New Zealand took control and recorded four goals before the final whistle blew. Five goal scorers contributed to New Zealand’s shutout victory of the U.S. tonight.
Korea locked-in their spot in the final after defeating Argentina 4-3 earlier this evening. Korea had a 2-1 lead at the end of the first half and at one point stretched their lead to 4-1.
The U.S. opened the Four Nations tournament against Argentina on Wednesday, April 10, falling to the No. 2 world ranked team, 3-0. Next up was Korea, and the U.S. had an impressive result, defeating the No. 8 team, 2-1.
Both playoff matches will be streamed live on Hockey New Zealand’s website. The U.S. will take on Argentina first at 9:00 p.m. ET followed by the Korea and New Zealand match at 11:30 p.m. ET.