University toughs it out in testing 2-0 win against Taieri

Mia Nevill
Mia Nevill
It was almost a flashback to hockey of yesteryear in the women's premier competition this weekend.

With many players away, teams were forced to go with shortened or even no benches and the unlimited rotations of subs of the modern game disappeared.

In the match between two of the top four sides, University and Taieri, this led to both sides playing a much more conservative game than usual.

The game had a slower, more deliberate, feel to it as University ran out a 2-0 winner.

Taieri thought it had struck the first blow, as a penalty corner shot took a deflection off a defender's stick and into the net.

However the celebration was short-lived as the goal was somewhat controversially rubbed out. It was ruled the shot was taken from outside the scoring circle, and despite protests from the Tigers, the decision stood.

This brought the first quarter to an end.

As with the first quarter, Taieri would have felt it had the better of the second.

But it was unable to turn its control of possession into real chances at goal, and the Huskies side was slowly starting to exert more control.

Only a wonderful save by Taieri goalkeeper Mia Nevill kept the scores at 0-0 just before the halftime break.

In the second half, the University midfield, led by Kara Jurgens, started to gain dominance and eventually the pressure told as a somewhat soft goal was allowed in by the Taieri defence.

Both sides had done well to conserve some energy for the latter part of the game given the complete lack of substitutions, but despite the Taieri side pushing hard for an equaliser it could not break down the University defence.

Mira Neuman and Julia Boothroyd had strong games for the Blue and Golds while Jurgens and Santi Tyson were busy for the students.

The Huskies were able to add a second with about six minutes remaining in the game and that was enough as Taieri could not wrestle the momentum back.

In the other games, City Highlanders walloped University B 11-0, while Momona kept hold of its competition lead with a 6-1 win over Kings United.

Momona remains seven points clear on 40 and appears almost to have the points
trophy locked up.

City follows on 33, with University close behind on 32.

Taieri is now a distance back on 16, but has a bit of a cushion back to the floundering University B and Kings, who have five and four points respectively.

 - Matt West

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