Hockey5s control their way to semi-finals
23 August 2014
HOCKEY: A controlling performance from the Hockey5s team tonight against Mexico in the quarter finals at the Youth Olympic Games.
The green and gold are now through to the semi-finals after scoring eight goals to one over their opponents.
“We have changed our shape and approach to each game as we’ve come through the tournament and we set out today to control the game and we did just that which was great,” Tim Howard said.
“Tonight was good! We put a solid effort in for the whole 36 minutes so we can only look forward and just keep progressing.”
After coming off a 5-2 win over Canada last game, the Aussie’s wanted to improve on that and show the rest of the competition that they’re hot contenders for a medal.
Throughout the first period both sides had goal scoring opportunities but neither could covert.
Just before the break, Jonathan Bretherton shot deflecting off Matthew Bird’s stick to wrong foot the Mexican keeper and hit the back net.
Corey Weyer was on the scorer’s sheet again with another long range goal minutes into the second period.
The next goal came from a counter attack started by Alec Rasmussen who drew and pass to Bird who moved onto two goals for the match.
Rasmussen was brought down in the goal area by the opposition keeper half way through the game. The Perth teenager was awarded a penalty and made light work of the situation to lead 4-0.
The goal scoring was being handed around, this time Mackenzie Warne got in on the action beating his defender to increase the lead.
A hat-trick for Rasmussen was secured in the third period, using his pace and ball control to slot home two more goals.
“Scoring the three goals tonight feels good. I’ve finally come into some form and I finally showed up to play,” he said.
Mexico was giving it their all throughout the game and they were rewarded scoring a late goal to get themselves on the board.
With one minute to go, Weyer brought the ball down into the opposition’s corner to run the clock down. Searching for someone to pass to, the Queenslander saw a gap open and hit the ball through the keeper’s legs.
It was an all round great effort from the Aussie’s tonight especially only conceding one goal.
The Australian’s now move onto play South Africa in the semi-finals after they beat the number one ranked side New Zealand.
South Africa beat the green and gold in a pool game a few nights ago so the boys will be looking to turn that result around on Monday night.
“We’ve really tightened up in defence since we last played the South Africans and have concentrated on staying together in the final period,” Rasmussen said.
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