25 Feb 2013

Black Sticks draw with Argentina

3:27 pm on 25 February 2013

The Black Sticks Women are a much happier side after today's 1-1 draw against world number two Argentina in their second test in Rosario.

After yesterday's 4-1 opening loss, the Kiwis played a much tighter defensive game and showed more pressure in attack for longer periods.

Stacey Michelsen captained the side and also scored the equaliser late in the first half.

Coach Mark Hager says it was a much improved and more disciplined performance, particularly on penalty corner defence.

The Argentina team known as Las Leonas, got ahead after Noel Barrionuevo scored a penalty stroke 15 minutes into the first half.

Michelsen took a cracking reverse stick shot which the goal keeper initially saved and then Michelsen scored from the rebound.

The coaching staff are pleased with how well the younger players are adapting to the quick pace of the game at this level.

The last time New Zealand drew against Argentina was in March last year during a home test series in Auckland.

The stand out players today were Bianca Russell, Cassandra Reid (aged 18 from Canterbury), Krystal Forgesson and Gemma Flynn.

The third game in the five match series is on Wednesday.