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Vantage Black Sticks fall to USA

Vantage Black Sticks fall to USA

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks have continued their frustrating run at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks have continued their frustrating run after suffering a 3-1 defeat from USA at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final in Auckland.<br>
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The hosts once again created a huge number of circle penetrations and scoring opportunities but could only make one count.<br>
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New Zealand now await the results of tomorrow’s Pool B matches but face a clash against either Argentina or Germany in the sudden death quarter finals phase.<br>
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Experienced defender Samantha Charlton said there was a disappointing feel in the camp after a game they felt they could win.<br>
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“We’re extremely disappointed. It was a game we dominated in terms of statistics but we couldn’t come away with a win.<br>
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“The format of the tournament is such that we can still come through to win our quarter final and make it through to the semis – it’s something that’s been done plenty of times before.<br>
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“Whether it’s Argentina or Germany we know it will be a tough game, but we have the ability to beat them and it’s by no means over from here.”<br>
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The USA were first to score from a ninth minute penalty corner with Jill Witmer getting a deflection on the flick to roof the ball into the net.<br>
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New Zealand equalised midway through the second quarter when Ella Gunson found a way through the goalkeeper from a penalty corner of their own.<br>
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With the score level 1-1 at halftime, USA broke the shackles after being awarded a penalty stroke in the 37<sup>th</sup> minute following some heavy body contact dished out by the Kiwi defenders.<br>
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The momentum continued for USA who opened a 3-1 buffer in the 45<sup>th</sup> minute with Witmer slipping a reverse shot across the face and into the side of the goal.<br>
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The quarter finals draw will be confirmed at the conclusion of pool play tomorrow with Germany facing Argentina at 6pm and England squaring off against China at 8pm.<br>
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Event tickets can be purchased along with a full rundown of transport information through <a href="http://www.ticketek.co.nz/">www.ticketek.co.nz</a> <br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS: 1 </strong>(Ella Gunson 22’)<br>
<strong>USA: 3</strong> (Taylor West 37’ 45’, Jill Witmer 9’)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 1-1<br>
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