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Black Sticks down USA at Hawke’s Bay Festival

Black Sticks down USA at Hawke’s Bay Festival

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks outplayed USA 3-2 at the Vantage Festival of Hockey on Monday night</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Planet Hockey</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks have proven too strong for USA, winning their third round clash 3-2 at the Vantage Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey on Monday night.<br>
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Both teams came into the match with a draw and a loss from their first two matches at the tournament.<br>
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USA were first on the score sheet in the 11th minute when Erin Matson pounced on a loose ball and struck it home for a 1-0 lead.<br>
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Just a minute later the Kiwis were back on level terms courtesy of a well-worked Amy Robinson field goal.<br>
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The Black Sticks continued to mount pressure and were rewarded in the 25th minute when Sam Harrison scored to open a 2-1 lead at the halftime break.<br>
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New Zealand continued to dominate the early stages of the second spell and had further reward when Kelsey Smith made it 3-1 in the 35th minute.<br>
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Following two yellow cards to the Black Sticks, USA pressed hard with the numerical advantage pulled one goal back through an Ashley Hoffman goal on the back of a number of penalty corners in quick succession.<br>
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At 3-2 the USA put the Black Sticks goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon under pressure but their defence held firm to record their first win at the tournament.<br>
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At the end of three rounds Japan tops the points table with two wins and a loss, Australia has a win and two draws while the Black Sticks are back in the hunt with a win and a draw. USA rounds out the table with just a draw from their three matches.<br>
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The top two teams after round robin play will compete for the Vantage Hawke’s Bay Cup on Sunday afternoon.<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 3:</strong> (Amy Robinson, Samantha Harrison, Kelsey Smith)<br>
<strong>USA 2:</strong> (Erin Matson, Ashley Hoffman)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Black Sticks 2-0<br>
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