Johannesburg - The South Africa women's hockey team lost 3-1 to
Germany after trailing 1-0 at half-time in the team's second Group-B
match at the 2014 Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Holland on Tuesday
There are still three Group-B matches left for South Africa in the cup competition.
got to put this behind us, take it one game at a time, the players are
fit and I don't think it will be difficult to pick ourselves up for the
next match on Friday against world number three England," Cox said.
Africa started well, making a number of quality penetrations into
Germany's defensive zone and in the 10th minute Shelley Russell shaded
the wrong side of the left post with keeper Kim Platten to beat.
Germans, who drew Korea 1-1 in their opener, came back and Kristina
Hillmann tested keeper Anelle van Deventer before they had a goal
disallowed after the ball came off an attackers body.
South Africa, like Germany, also needed points in Group B after their 4-1 defeat to defending champions Argentina on Sunday.
through the half Dirkie Chamberlain brought Platten into action again
after Bernie Coston's powerful cross from the right.
Germans opened the scoring in the 19th when Jana Teschke fired in a
left-to-right diagonal ball from inside the 23-metre area and Marie
Mavers was superb in getting a touch to leave Van Deventer with no
There was encouragement when South Africa won a penalty corner in the 28th minute but the goal-scoring opportunity went astray.
number of other promising build-ups went awry but South Africa kept
plugging away and won a second penalty corners, and then a third, on
half-time, yet the Germans held on to their one-goal lead.
After the changeover, the battle was fought largely between the 23-metre lines in the first 10 minutes.
were down to nine players in the 11th minute and a Russell turnover and
feed right to Pietie Coetzee, who could not capitalise.
49th Germany won their first penalty corner, while South Africa had
earned three at that stage, and Hillmann made it 2-0 after a goalmouth
However, in the 63rd South Africa pulled a goal back
with a great move down the left that involved Coetzee, Coston and
Chamberlain in the final plays before Russell delivered the final strike
The joy was brief as Germany restored their two-goal cushion two minutes later (65th) when Mavers bagged a second (3-1).