The New Zealand women's hockey team are a much happier side
after today's 1-1 draw against world No2 Argentina in their
second test in Rosario.
After yesterday's 4-1 opening loss, the Kiwis played a much
tighter defensive game and showed more pressure in attack for
longer periods. Stacey Michelsen captained the side and also
scored the equaliser late in the first half.
"It was a much improved and more disciplined performance,
particularly our penalty corner defence. We still missed some
chances that would have won us the game, but hopefully we can
really make the most of our opportunities on Wednesday," said
coach Mark Hager.
"We are a young side with a lot of new players. We had a good
debrief this morning and there were a lot of learnings. It is
pleasing to see that there is definite improvement in the
areas that we targeted and that this showed in the
scoreline," he added.
Argentina, known as Las Leonas, got ahead after Noel
Barrionuevo scored a penalty stroke 15 minutes into the first
half. Michelsen took a cracking reverse stick shot which the
goalkeeper initially saved and then Michelsen scored from the
The last time New Zealand drew against Argentina was in March
last year during a home test series in Auckland.