News for 03 November 2013

All the news for Sunday 3 November 2013

Australians take double Oceania Cup honours

Photo courtesy Daniel Carson

The TET Black Sticks Men and Women have both been defeated by Australia in the Oceania Cup finals at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford, Taranaki today.

The women’s final went right to the wire after the Black Sticks and Hockeyroos ended locked up at 2-all at fulltime. The final result was decided in a sudden death penalty shoot-out which Australia won 5-4.

Australia took first blood in the clash with Jordyn Holzberger capitalising on a fast break and catching the Black Sticks defence off-guard. Sophie Cocks added to her goal scoring tally at the tournament before captain Kayla Sharland struck from a penalty corner to put New Zealand in front 2-1.

Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth provided the equalising strike with just six minutes remaining to take the game to a penalty shoot-out.

Head coach Mark Hager said his side matched Australia for much of the game but that it was disappointing not to be able to hold on and avoid the high pressure shoot-out.

“We were chasing our tail a bit in the second half and they put pressure on us. I don’t think some of our players stepped up today,” he said.

“We matched Aussie again but unfortunately couldn’t come away with the spoils in the shoot-out. It’s a 50/50 situation and anything can happen. We practice it a lot, but you can’t simulate the pressure.

“A positive is we’ve got only seven Olympians here and so it’s a new side for us with a lot of young kids. Sophie, Brooke and Liz have played well during the week and we have some good young talent, we’ve just got to keep giving them opportunities.”

Meanwhile, the Black Sticks Men opened their final against the Kookaburras with gusto but were beaten 5-2 by a strong Kookaburras side.

Jason Wilson got the Kookaburras on the scoreboard first before a brilliant effort saw Jacob Whetton flick an overhead pass from Chris Ciriello past Kiwi goalkeeper Hamish McGregor.

Down 3-0, Steve Edwards gave some hope to a second half Kiwi comeback after scoring from an incredible individual run.

But Australia rallied the troops and scored two more goals through Russell Ford and Glenn Simpson to seal the result. Nick Haig scored a consolation goal right on fulltime.

Head coach Colin Batch said the end result was disappointing but there were many positives to come out of the match-up against the world champions.

“Australia played very well and just outclassed us in the second half. I think we showed we can compete but need to be better during critical periods,” he said.

“There are a lot of positives to take away, today was definitely a harder and better game from both sides than when we played on Friday night and we forced them into playing their best.

“We still need to grow and get better, so I’m disappointed with the result but I can see growth in the team which is pleasing.”

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TET Black Sticks 2: (Steve Edwards, Nick Haig)
Australia 5: (Jacob Whetton 2, Jason Wilson, Russell Ford, Glenn Simpson)
Halftime: Australia 2-0

Australia won sudden death penalty shoot-out 5-4
TET Black Sticks 2: (Sophie Cocks, Kayla Sharland)
Australia 2: (Jordyn Holzberger, Madonna Blyth)
Halftime: Tied 1-1

Papua New Guinea: 3
Samoa: 0
Halftime: Papua New Guinea 1-0

Match drawn 0-0 at fulltime, Samoa won shoot-out
Samoa: 4
Papua New Guinea: 3
Halftime: Tied 0-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Kookaburras take title

Jake Whetton's double helps Kookaburras to Oceania Cup glory

Photos courtesy of Dan Carson/DC Images

A dominant second half performance by the Kookaburras earned Australia’s men a commanding 5-2 victory over New Zealand in the Oceania Cup final on Sunday afternoon. The outcome meant an eighth consecutive Oceania Cup title for the Kookaburras.

Jason Wilson (QLD) broke the deadlock late in the first half while Jake Whetton’s (QLD) double, the first of which was a cheeky lob over the goalkeeper, put the Kookaburras in the driving seat early in the second period. Russell Ford’s (VIC) thunderbolt strike was an immediate riposte to Steve Edwards’ goal for New Zealand before Glenn Simpson (VIC) fired home a low penalty corner for 5-1. A late goal from New Zealander Nick Haig was little more than a consolation strike.

Afterwards, coach Graham Reid said that overall he was pleased with how his side had performed but warned that improvements must still be made if the Kookaburras are to regain the coveted world number one spot.

“It’s always good to win and we played pretty well in patches but we had a shaky start when we were a bit frenetic,” said Reid. “After that we settled into our rhythm and in the second half were more dominant, although it was a bit of a loose finish, which we’ll need to cut out if we want to be back at world number one.”

For the best part of the opening half hour the sides were evenly matched. Both created opportunities and the Kookaburras survived a minor scare as the umpires waves away Kiwi appeals for a penalty stroke. But after settling down, first blood went to the Kookaburras as Jason Wilson struck an upright reverse shot following good work by Glenn Turner (ACT).

The Kookaburras might have been content with the slim lead going in at half time but a moment of inspiration from Jake Whetton doubled the advantage just two minutes before the break. Latching on to Chris Ciriello’s long overhead pass, Whetton showed a sharpness of thought and touch to lift the ball over the advancing goalkeeper Hamish McGregor and into the goal for 2-1.

Whetton’s second came just two minutes into the second half as he deflected home on the far post after fellow Queenslander Daniel Beale found him on the back post. And as the Kookaburras began to exert their dominance they won a series of penalty corners. But McGregor and the New Zealand defence proved equal to Chris Ciriello’s drag flicks.

With just under 15 minutes remaining Steve Edwards pulled one back for New Zealand with a solo effort, dribbling through the Australian defence, but the Kookaburras’ response was immediate. Picking off a wayward New Zealand pass, the Kookaburras countered at speed with Victorian Russell Ford arriving in good time to rifle an unstoppable shot home for 4-1.

Ford’s fellow Victorian Glenn Simpson then flicked a low penalty corner into the bottom of the goal for 5-2 before Nick Haig’s late consolation for the Black Sticks.

Looking ahead to the coming months, Reid explained what’s in store for the Kookaburras.

“The guys will have three or four weeks off,” he said. “Then it’s back together at the start of December for the World League preparation and with the World Cup and Commonwealth Games next year it’s pretty full on from then. They won’t get much of a Christmas or New Year.”

Oceania Cup Final
Match Report


Jason Wilson 26 (F)
Jake Whetton 32,37 (F,F)
Russell Ford 58 (F)
Glenn Simpson 62 (PC)

Steve Edwards 56 (F)
Nick Haig 69 (PC)

Hockey Australia media release

Hockeyroos win Oceania

Dramatic sudden death shoot-out victory gives Hockeyroos continental title

Photos courtesy of Dan Carson/DC Images

The Hockeyroos won the Oceania Cup in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon with a sudden death shoot-out victory over trans-Tasman rivals and world number three side New Zealand after the final finished 2-2.

It was an outstanding performance by the Hockeyroos women, many of whom had battled through sickness to play and earn Australia a first Oceania Cup title since 2005.

Captain Madonna Blyth led by example, scoring the crucial equaliser for 2-2 with just eight minutes remaining and keeping her cool to score twice in the shoot-out. Her fellow Queenslander Jordyn Holzberger had given the Hockeryoos an early lead but goals either side of half time from New Zealand’s Sophie Cocks and Kayla Sharland put the Kiwis in the box seats before Blyth struck.

The final was Head Coach Adam Commens’ 100th game in charge of the Hockeyroos and he said afterwards, “It was a very hard fought win and I’m really pleased that the girls were able to come from behind and win in the shoot-out. We’ve been training for these shoot-outs as part of our program for a long time now and each of the girls has their own strategy, which they executed well.

“These results don’t come by chance or luck. They come through excellent preparation and quality execution of the game plan. It’s our fourth tournament final since last year’s Olympics and the girls are starting to feel what it’s like to handle the pressure and perform to a game plan.”

Paying tribute to those athletes that played through the pain barrier, Commens added, “I was pleased with our ability to run the game out considered we’ve had so much illness this week. Jodie Schulz was incredibly ill throughout the game but played the full rotation [of interchanges]. Afterwards, she could barely stand up; it was a great effort by her. Mathilda Carmichael couldn’t take part so we played with one less player today. I thought the girls showed real character and mental strength.”

Joining her coach in reaching the magic 100 match mark was World Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan, who was presented with flowers before the action commenced.

The match was played a frenetic pace with both sides creating opportunities before Jordyn Holzberger opened the scoring in the fifth minute. The young Queenslander was in the right place to capitalise on a quick break down the left hand side to knock home from close range and give the Hockeyroos a 1-0 lead.

Following the goal, the Hockeyroos found themselves under a period of sustained pressure. Sophie Cocks struck New Zealand’s equaliser midway through the half, converting inside the far post after build up play through the right of the Australian circle. And the Hockeyroos might have found themselves behind moments later but for a combination of goalkeeper Rachael Lynch’s good work and a wayward Kiwi shot.

Having soaked up plenty of pressure towards the end of the first period, the Hockeyroos enjoyed a strong start to the second half as they pressed New Zealand deep inside their own territory. Madonna Blyth was central to much of the Hockeyroos’ best work but it was against the run of play that New Zealand took the lead through Kayla Sharland at a penalty corner with 15 minutes remaining. And but for the intervention of Lynch it might have been worse a minute later – the Victorian goalkeeper reacting well to Gemma Flynn’s break through the middle.

The Hockeyroos refused to be beaten though and the pressure paid off with the match entering its final throws. Picking up a loose ball inside the New Zealand circle, Blyth opened her body to fire a ripping shot inside the far post to make it 2-2 and force the shoot-out.

After five attempts each in the shoot-out there was still nothing to separate the sides. Blyth, Kellie White and Claire Messent all converted for the Hockeyroos with Messent’s goal of particular importance, being the strike that forced sudden death. White put the Australians a goal up in sudden death and it was left to goalkeeper Rachael Lynch to spark the celebrations as she plucked the ball off the stick of Samantha Charlton to win the contest for the Hockeyroos.

Speaking about the shoot-out, Captain Madonna Blyth said afterwards, “It’s not a nice way to win but we put a lot of hard work into these {practicing for shoot-outs]. Our goalkeeper is brilliant.

“I’m sure it was a cracking game to watch from the sidelines with both teams displaying positive attacking hockey. The Kiwi pace is a danger point but we stuck to our structure. We wanted to put in a good performance and we did that.”

Oceania Cup Final Match Report


Jordyn Holzberger 5 (F)
Madonna Blyth 62 (F)


Sophie Cocks 17 (F)
Kayla Sharland 55 (PC)

*Hockeyroos win 5-4 on sudden death shoot-out.

Shoot out
Kayla Sharland (NZL): goal 0-1
Madonna Blyth (AUS): goal 1-1
Samantha Charlton (NZL): no goal 1-1
Kellie White (AUS): goal 2-1
Rhiannon Dennison (NZL): goal 2-2
Anna Flanagan (AUS): no goal 2-2
Gemma Flynn (NZL): goal 2-3
Georgie Parker (AUS): no goal 2-3
Anita Punt (NZL): no goal 2-3
Claire Messent (AUS): goal 3-3
SD: Madonna Blyth (AUS): goal 4-3
SD: Kayla Sharland (NZL): goal 4-4
SD: Kellie White (AUS): goal 5-4
SD: Samantha Charlton (NZL): no goal 5-4

Hockey Australia media release

Australian men take Oceania Cup

Australia have continued their Oceania Cup dominance with a 5-2 win over the men's Black Sticks in Stratford this evening.

The tournament was first contested in 1999 and the Australian men have won every edition of the event, which is held every two years.

Australia were the more clinical side throughout the first half at the TET MultiSports Centre as the Kookaburras scored twice before the break to build a lead they would never cough up.

Jason Wilson troubled the scorers first with a sharp finish from an acute angle following some brilliant work from Glenn Turner down the right-hand side of the turf.

That goal gave Australia plenty of confidence and Jacob Whetton netted his first only a few minutes before the split with a nifty touch following a pinpoint long pass from Chris Ciriello.

With a 2-0 lead at halftime, Australia ramped up their stranglehold on the game when Whetton added his second shortly after the break after he deflected a drive in to the circle from Aran Zalewski.

New Zealand looked flat for much of the second spell but Steve Edwards provided some much-needed inspiration with a stunning solo effort mid-way through the half.

Their hopes were of a comeback were short-lived through as Russell Ford thundered home Australia's fourth after he received a pass from Simon Orchard.

A penalty corner from Glenn Simpson gave Australia their fifth in the 64th minute as the home crowd of 2300 were silenced.

The Black Sticks had their share of chances during the game but they were disappointing in front of goal and couldn't make the most of their opportunities.

New Zealand, the world No 5, needed to be better against world No 2 Australia and they will rue their missed chances.

Australia's margin of victory would have been a lot greater had it not been for the work of goalkeeper Hamish McGregor, who was agile in the circle throughout the contest.

With a couple of minutes left, Nick Haig added New Zealand's second from a penalty corner but it mattered little.

Earlier in the day, the women's Black Sticks lost their final 5-4 against Australia in a shoot-out. The scores were locked at 2-2 following regulation time and penalties were needed to decide a winner.

In the third-place playoff encounters, Papua New Guinea's men's side beat Samoa 3-0, while the Samoan women beat PNG 4-3 in a shoot-out after they were level at 0-0 following 70 minutes.

The New Zealand Herald

Heartbreak for Black Sticks

By Daniel Richardson

Anita Punt could have won the shoot-out for New Zealand but her shot was saved by Australian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch. Photo / Getty

Australia have claimed the Oceania Cup with a shoot-out victory over the women's Black Sticks in Stratford this afternoon.

After the scores were locked at 2-2 following 70 minutes of regulation time, the teams went to the new-style shoot-out, which gives players eight seconds to score from the 25-metre line.

The shoot-out went back and forward and Anita Punt could have won it but her shot was saved by Australian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch, which forced it to sudden death.

Following goals to each side, Australian Kellie White scored, which gave the Hockeyroos the lead and when Samantha Charlton had her effort saved for the second time in the shoot-out, the Australians claimed a 5-4 victory.

Earlier, The Black Sticks made a slow start to the game as Australia opened the scoring inside five minutes through 20-year-old Jordyn Holzberger.

Some sloppy defensive work from New Zealand allowed Holzberger to tap home from close range as she couldn't believe the ball fell so fortuitously to her.

Following an improved defensive showing from Rhiannon Dennison and Emily Naylor, the Black Sticks started to assert themselves on the game.

Eventually that pressure told as the Black Sticks equalised mid-way through the first half via Sophie Cocks.

The Canterbury striker enjoyed a fine debut tournament with the national side during the Oceania Cup and that goal was just a continuation of her strong form during the week.

With the scores level for a majority of the second spell, skipper Kayla Sharland broke the deadlock with a bullet finish from a penalty corner as the Black Sticks went ahead 2-1.

Striker Gemma Flynn could have iced the game as she picked up a loose pass from Australia but with just Lynch in goal to beat, she couldn't find the finish.

Lynch came out nicely and shut down Flynn's options, which ensured the game headed in to a tense final 10 minutes.

When in doubt though, you go to your experienced players and Australian skipper Madonna Blyth blasted a goal from the top of the circle as she tied it up at 2-2 with about six minutes left.

The lottery of a shoot-out loomed during the final five minutes and New Zealand had a couple of chances but some sharp goalkeeping from Lynch kept the scores level.

From there it was over to Lynch again as she prevailed for her side during the shoot-out.

The New Zealand Herald

Australia win Oceania Cup in a shootout


Australia survived a nerve racking sudden death penalty shoot out to win the Oceania Cup hockey tournament this afternoon.

The scores were locked at 2-all at fulltime and 3-all after the first round of shoot outs before Sam Charlton failed to convert the Black Sticks women's seventh attempt after captain Kayla Sharland had kept her side in it, converting her second shot.

It was a fitting finale, with little separating the two sides throughout the match.

New Zealand were guilty of wasting a host of clear chances in the first half as the sides went to the break locked at 1-1.

Striker Sophie Cocks replied to Australia's opening goal midway through the half but the Black Sticks should have gone into the break at least two or three goals to the good.

Too often they lacked composure in front of goal, while Patrea Webster hit the top of the goal after she had created some space down the flank.

Australia started the match stronger and went in front when Jordyn Holzberger tapped in from near the line after the Black Sticks defence was caught out in just the sixth minute.

Although Australia looked good at times on the counter attack, they did not create half as much as the Black Sticks who wasted two early penalty corners.

The second half was evenly balanced, as both sides created more chances the more the time went on.Sharland looked to have given her side a winning advantage when she scored from a penalty corner in the 55th minute.

The Black Sticks defence switched off with eight minutes left in regulation time to concede a goal to Australia captain Madonna Blyth.


Black Sticks coach bugged by illness

By Daniel Richardson

Olivia Merry recovered from illness to play yesterday. Photo / Duncan Brown

Women's Black Sticks coach Mark Hager will be hoping he doesn't wake up to the news that another one of his players has fallen ill today.

Throughout this week at the Oceania Cup in Stratford, Hager has had to deal with a player missing from each game as a stomach bug moved through the camp. Samantha Chartlon was absent from the 3-2 win over Australia in pool play on Wednesday, while Olivia Merry sat out the 25-0 romp over Papua New Guinea the following day and veteran defender Emily Naylor was scratched during yesterday's 26-0 victory over Samoa.

"We've had a bit of sickness all week," Hager said. "Each day you wake up thinking 'who's next?' Hopefully it's cleared the group and it's moved on ... It seems to be like a 24-hour bug and they're recovering pretty quickly."

The ill health in the side hasn't showed on the scoreboard though, as the Black Sticks head in to today's decider against the Hockeyroos yet to taste defeat at the four-team tournament. They registered a massive win over Samoa yesterday where 12 different players scored goals, including four to Merry and hat-tricks to Anita Punt, Rose Keddell, Gemma Flynn and Julia King.

The game was little more than a training run and the Black Sticks used a majority of their penalty corners to try and run different plays.

Assistant coach Greg Nicol was given the head coaching reins against Samoa, which allowed Hager to watch the game from a different perspective.

Hager said compared to Thursday's win against Australia, they would need to find another level in this afternoon's final.

"I don't know if we go in really confident," Hager said. "They'll pick up from where they were the other day and we have to match it as well. So we have to raise the bar, knowing that they will as well." Australia beat Papua New Guinea 26-0 yesterday to confirm their berth in the final.

On the men's side of the draw, New Zealand will - as expected - meet Australia in the final this evening. The men's Black Sticks moved into the decider with a 25-0 win over Samoa yesterday, while Australia breezed past Papua New Guinea 16-0. Following today's final, neither Australia or New Zealand will play again this year with January's World League finals the next tournament.

Australia forward Jamie Dwyer said they didn't want their last game of 2013 to be a loss: "We've got three weeks off after this where ever you go in your home states and you just want to relax before we get stuck in to training again in December," the 34-year-old said. "So it would be a bit of a sour feeling if we didn't play well [today]."

New Zealand lost 3-1 to Australia during pool play on Friday where they struggled to create enough links through the midfield but did enjoy strong periods on defence.

The New Zealand Herald

Kiwi carnage confirms India's World Cup berth

India's berth in the 2014 Hockey World Cup was sealed, signed and endorsed by New Zealand who beat Samoa 25-0 in the Oceania Cup in Taranaki, New Zealand, on Saturday.

New Zealand finished second to Australia in a four-team contest which also includes Papua New Guinea who finished third in the group. Australia play New Zealand in the final on Sunday.

Since both have already qualified for hockey's premier event in The Hague, The Netherlands, in May-June next year, India made the grade through an intricate system that involved the Hockey World League (HWL) and Continental championship results.

The Times of India

Indian women stun China 4-2 in Asian Champions Trophy Hockey

NEW DELHI: Poonam Rani struck twice as India scored an upset victory over higher-ranked China 4-2 in their opening match of the third Asian Women Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan on Saturday.

Rani gave India the lead in the eighth minute by converting a penalty corner. Five minutes later, Amandeep Kaur scored a field goal on her debut international match.

In the 59th minute, Rani scored her second -- a field goal -- off a pass from Namita Toppo.

The fourth goal for India came in the 61st minute when Vandana deflected the ball into the net.

India play their next match against Malaysia on November 4.

The Times of India

India lose 0-2 against China in Asian men's Champions Trophy

NEW DELHI: A young Indian side went down 0-2 against China in their opening match of the third Asian men's Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan on Saturday.

The Indian team, made up mainly of junior players, let in two second half goals -- in the 50th and 55th minutes -- to begin their campaign on a losing note at Gifu-ken Green Stadium.

The Manpreet Singh-led India play hosts Japan on Sunday. India had picked 13 juniors in their squad of 18 in view of the Junior World Cup to be held next month.

The Times of India

China day for India in Japan

While Indian eves overcame China, our men lost to them in the opening day of the third Asian Champions Trophy in Japan.

Indian Women Hockey team scored twice in each half as they defeated higher ranked China 4-2 in their opening match of the 3rd Asian Women Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan today.

Poonam Rani scored first goal for India in the 8th minute by converting penalty corner. Five minutes later Amandeep Kaur scored field goal on her debut international.

In the 59th minute, Poonam Rani scored another field goal with a perfect pass from Namita Toppo.

The fourth goal for India came in the 61st minute when Vandana deflected the ball into the net.

India will play their next match against Malaysia on 4 November 2013.

Young Indian team, led by Manpreet Singh, lost to China 0-2.

Pakistan thrash Oman in campaign opener

Greenshirts demolish opponents 8-0 in Asian Champions Trophy. PHOTO: FILE AFP

Pakistan started their campaign in the Asian Champions Trophy with a resounding 8-0 win over lowly Oman in Kakamigahara, Japan.

Defending champions Pakistan were on song from the outset, and led by three goals at half-time. Oman struggled to make an impact and were held at bay by the greenshirts throughout the match.

The team carried its momentum into the second-half and added five more goals to seal a comprehensive win for Pakistan, with captain Muhammad Imran scoring three goals, while Salman Hussain and Dilbar Hussain netted a brace each.

Pakistan will now take on Japan in their second match tomorrow.

This is the second edition of the tournament featuring the six top-ranked Asian teams. Pakistan won the inaugural event in Doha last year, edging out arch-rivals India in a closely-fought final.

The Express Tribune

Ventures unbeaten in Fiji's Mates hockey

Zanzeer Singh

Tiara Dutta of Ventures challenges Terenga Dominiko of Stingers at Nadovu Park, Lautoka yesterday. Picture: JAI PRASAD

VENTURES are the team to beat in the Mates Hockey Club 25th anniversary tournament at Nadovu Park in Lautoka today.

Ventures were unbeaten in both the men's and women's division yesterday. The Ventures men's team boasting players such as Adrian Smith, Hector Smith Junior, Tevita King and James Saqacala won the opening two pool games.

Ventures shrugged off a stiff challenge from Ba's Naidrodro winning 1-0. The Ventures team then downed Falcons 2-0.

In the women's category Ventures hammered Jetsetters 4-0 and defeated Mobees 1-0.

Mates tournament media liaison officer Ernest Coffin said the weather played a big part in the success of the first day's event.

He said the 25th anniversary tournament had attracted many young talents.

"The tournament started well with all the teams turning up which is a positive sign," Coffin said.

"We have teams from Suva, Nadi Ba and Lautoka. Ventures are the top seeds. They have been winning all the tournaments in Fiji. They are a formidable side because the players have been together for a long time.

"Marist will provide stiff competition to Ventures in the men's division. We will have the final placing for all the teams. We are happy with the turnout and this is the biggest tournament in the Western Division."

Results: Men's Pool A: Ventures 1 Naidrodro 0, Ventures 2 Falcons 0, Naidrodro 1 Marist 0, Naidrodro 0 Falcons 0, Marist 0 Falcons 0; Pool B: GM Mates 2 Rockefellas 1, GM Mates 4 Rebels 0, Rockefellers 1 Stingers 3, Stingers 2 Rebels 1. Women's Pool A: Ventures 4 Jetsetters 0, Ventures 1 Mobees 0, Jetsetters 0 Stingers Fusion 2, Mobees 2 Stinger Fusion 0; Pool B: Marist 2 Rebels 0, Marist 5 Mates 0, Rebels 4 Mates 0.

The Fiji Times


Pumas and Tigers U16s Victorious at Futures Cup

Futures Cup 2013 Boys

The Pennine Pumas Girls U16s became the first Pumas team to be crowned champions at the Futures Cup, after putting in an excellent display in their final game against the Wessex Leopards. Going into the game knowing only a win would claim the title, they came out 3-1 winners in an exciting match which included a 30 minute interruption due to a floodlight failure. In the earlier match, Mercia Lynx drew 3-3 with Saxon Tigers meaning they finished second in the pool and Tigers were third.

Tigers were dominant in the Boys U16, winning all three of their pool matches with an impressive goal difference of plus 14. In the final winner takes all match, Tigers showed they were worthy winners of the competition with a 4-0 victory over the Lynx. Earlier in the day, Pumas finished third, winning a Penalty Shoot Out competition against the Leopards 2-0 after the teams finished the pool with the exact same record. 

In the Girls U18, the Saxon Tigers crept into the final, edging a 3-2 win against the Mercia Lynx with two goals in the final five minutes. The Lynx will have a chance to get revenge when the sides meet in tomorrows final, with Leopards taking on Pumas for third place.

Mercia Lynx won the all important game in the Boys U18 competition with a 3-1 victory over Tigers to secure a place in the final. Lynx will take on an in form Leopards side who ended their pool matches with a 100% record, beating Pumas 3-1 meaning Pumas will face Tigers for third place.

Click here to see photos of all the action from Day 1 of the Futures Cup. For all the days action, including results, tables and scorers, visit


Defense lifts second-ranked Syracuse to 1-0 win against No. 3 North Carolina

Jess Jecko blocked all three North Carolina shots she faced in Syracuse's 1-0 win. Syracuse Athletics

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A terrific defensive effort led second-ranked Syracuse (15-2, 4-2 ACC) to a 1-0 victory in its regular-season finale versus No. 3 North Carolina (14-4, 3-3 ACC) on Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The victory on senior day extended the Orange's home winning streak to 45 games and secured it the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament.

Syracuse's defense was stellar all game, holding the top scoring offense in the nation to six shots. The win, which avenges a 6-1 UNC win in the national semifinals last season, is Syracuse's second shutout against the Tar Heels in as many years. The Orange beat UNC 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 1, 2012 at Coyne Stadium. Those are the only two times the Tar Heels have been shut out since 2009.

Sophomore goalie Jess Jecko made three saves in goal to earn her 15th victory, fourth by way of shutout. Her best save of the day was a diving stop on a penalty corner after the Orange had two defenders taken away for leaving early.

Senior Sarah Kerly entered the game in 13th minute and made her presence felt immediately. Streaking down the right side after subbing in, she took the ball by a defender and flipped a shot by UNC goalie Sassi Ammer on the short side to give the Orange the only goal it would need.

North Carolina pulled its goalie following a timeout with 9:41 left, but the Orange defense was once again up to the challenge, not allowing a shot during the rest of the game.

No. 1 Maryland 5, No. 7 Duke 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland rolled to a 5-1 win at Duke on Saturday to close the regular season. Sophomore Anna Dessoye scored twice in the first half to help the Terrapins to a 3-0 lead at the break.

With the win, Maryland (18-1, 6-0 ACC) won its sixth ACC game of the season, setting a school record for conference wins in a year. The Terrapins also tied their record of 18 regular-season wins set in 2009.

Sophomore Anna Dessoye tipped in junior Maxine Fluharty’s shot off a penalty corner in the 14th minute. Less than two minutes later, junior Steffi Schneid scored her second goal of the year off a corner set up by senior Ali McEvoy and Dessoye.

Dessoye scored her second with 3:32 left in the first half to make it a 3-0 lead. McEvoy assisted on the play off another penalty corner.

Sophomore Alyssa Parker answered a Duke goal when she tipped in redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger’s shot with 9:02 to play. Parker’s goal made it a four-goal advantage for the Terps.

With 6:32 to go, freshman Mieke Hayn made it 5-0 off a pass from Fluharty. Less than a minute later, Duke got on the board with a made penalty stroke from Emmie Le Marchand.

No. 8 Connecticut 7, No. 17 Temple 0

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut's seniors went out in style on Satday, as the Huskies defeated Temple by a 7-0 score on senior day at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. With the win, UConn claims a share of the 2013 Big East regular-season championship with a 6-1 league mark and improves to 14-4 overall. The Owls slip to 14-5 on the year, 4-3 in the conference.

Senior All-American forward Marie Elena Bolles made the most of her final regular-season home game, scoring a career-high four goals and falling just one short of the school record held by Lauren Henderson, Rose Aspelin and Laura Kaczynski. UConn's senior All-American goaltender Sarah Mansfield stopped all five shots Temple was able to muster and posted her seventh shutout of the season.

UConn will share the league championship with Old Dominion and Louisville, all of which finished with a 6-1 mark in conference games. The Huskies will earn the No. 1 seed though due to the goal-differential tiebreaker.

Sophomore defender Roisin Upton added three assists to her team-leading total and was one helper shy of tying the school record, which is held by five different Huskies. Upton now has 14 assists in 2013.

No. 9 Princeton 4, Cornell 0

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the ninth consecutive season, Princeton has claimed at least a share of the Ivy League title following its 4-0 shutout victory against Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Bedford Field.

The Tigers (11-4, 6-0 Ivy) will have to defeat Penn next week in Philadelphia to claim the outright championship and the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

Goalkeeper Anya Gersoff (8-3) earned her second shutout of the year, orchestrating a near flawless defensive line. Along with her four saves, the backline only allowed six Big Red shots, all in the first half.

Freshman Cat Caro scored her second game winner in as many games with her first-half goal in the 22nd minute. After a Cornell foul, Julia Reinprecht took the direct pass from the top of the circle and found an open Caro on the left side to send it in past the Big Red goalie Carolyn Horner.

In the 45th minute a Reinprecht shot deflected off Horner’s pads, but the Tigers were able to regain possession. Syndey Kirby corralled the ball and dished to an open Kelsey Byrne for the straight-on shot in front of the cage for her first goal of the year.

Riding its momentum, Princeton quickly added to its lead three minutes later. This time it was Michelle Cesan picking up Amanda Bird’s deflection. Cesan was perfectly placed on the left post and grabbed the rebound off Horner’s pads to tap in the goal and improve the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.

As the Tigers continued to pepper in shots, Horner managed to hold off Princeton again until the 61st minute. On a sweeping drive down the field, Cesan collected the ball and drove it toward the circle. She dished it to an open Allison Evans who sent in her eighth goal of the year past a diving Horner to wrap up Princeton’s offensive output.

No. 16 Wake Forest 3, No. 10 Boston College 1

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Taylor Rhea notched three goals on Saturday as Wake Forest downed Boston College 3-1 at Kentner Stadium.

Valerie Dahmen made six saves in the game including several crucial stops to keep Boston College from getting into the game.

The Demon Deacons move to 11-7 on the season and 1-5 in the ACC while Boston College falls to 12-6 and 1-5 in the ACC. The conference tournament begins next week in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Wake Forest scored once in the first half and added two more goals in the last 20 minutes of play.

Rhea tallied her third hat trick of the season after tallying three goals against Appalachian State and Radford.