HOME    NEWS    SPECIAL REPORT    PHOTO    COMMENTARY    VOICE
NEWS > Sports
U.S. women's field hockey team beats S. Africa 3-1
2006-10-02 18:41:46 Xinhua English

MADRID, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The United States women's field hockey team on Monday beat their South African rival 3-1 in the sport's World Cup in Madrid, rescuing the U.S. from last place in Group B of the competition.

Lee Bodimeade, head coach for the U.S. team, was focused from the moment his team hit the field, particular on the goal guarded by South African keeper, Caroline Jack.

The U.S. opened scoring in the 14th minute, shooting into the goalmouth from a pass by Carrie Lingo. Maintaining a strong attacking pace, the U.S. hemmed in their rivals, extending their advantage to 2-0 in the 24th minute, with a Lingo goal.

South Africa seemed to be swimming upstream, outplayed in all areas by their motivated rivals.

Masha Marescia counterattacked, scoring a goal for the South Africans in minute 52, but the U.S.'s April Fronzoi swiftly replied with her own goal, taking the score to 3-1.

In Monday's other game, Japan and Australia ended with a goal-less draw, which effectively means Australia, with 10 points, is guaranteed to go through to the knockout phase of the competition. Japan now has two points.

The points in Group B are as follows: Australia 10, United States four, South Africa two, and Japan two. Argentina and South Korea, who did not play on Monday, have 10 and four respectively.

In the last day of the group phase the United States will play South Korea and South Africa will play Japan. Enditem

MORE NEWS
Federer ready for Japan Open  
Former Duke player agrees to buy Memphis Grizzlies  
Holland crushes Spain in women's hockey World Cup  
American Trahan wins PGA Tour title in playoff  
Brazil goalkeeper Dida does not want to be part of national squad  
Argentine soccer's Boca Jrs fight back for 3-2 victory over Velez  
Robinson bids emotional goodbye  
Qiu Le wins men's 62kg with ease at weightlifting worlds  

SINA English is the English-language destination for news and information about China. Find general information on life, culture and travel in China through our news and special reportsúČor find business partners through our online Business Directory. For investment opportunities with SINA, please click the link "Investor" below.
| About SINA | Investor | Media Kit | Comments or Question? |
Copyright © 1996-2006 SINA Corporation, All Rights Reserved