US women oust Germany from World Cup with 4-1 win

Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The U.S. women's team continued its surprising dominance at the field hockey World Cup, ousting Germany from the tournament with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

Kathleen Sharkey scored twice, first outfoxing German goalkeeper Kim Platten in the 33rd minute — with a shot that richocheted in off the right post — then poaching a pass from a German defender in the 52nd and slapping the ball in. Between Sharkey's goals, Caroline Nichols and Katie Reinprecht also scored before Germany's Kristina Hillmann pulled one back in the 60th.

The U.S. leads Group B with 10 points and is all but certain of its first trip to the semifinals in 20 years.

U.S. captain Lauren Crandall said her side's depth has improved since its 12th-place finish at the London Olympics.

"We have fresh energy coming in, we have some younger girls coming up," Crandall said.

In other women's matches in Group B, Argentina beat England 2-1 and China beat South Africa 4-3.

In the men's competition, Andy Hayward scored a hat trick for New Zealand, but it wasn't enough as Germany prevailed 5-3 in a fast-paced Group B match.

Germany went ahead as early as the second minute when Florian Fuchs chipped a long-range strike into the top of the goal. Then Martin Zwicker scored — his first of two — on a run through the New Zealand defense.

Hayward scored his first in the 34th minute, but Germany responded again and then always led by at least two goals. Hayward's other goals on penalty corners proved too little, too late.

In other men's matches, Group B leader The Netherlands thrashed South Africa 7-1 to take a semifinal spot.

Argentina beat South Korea 5-0 and needs only one point from its final match against South Africa on Tuesday to also advance.

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