15 Feb 2017

Black Sticks bounce back against Argentina

1:55 pm on 15 February 2017

The New Zealand women's hockey team have bounced backed from their first up loss to Argentina with a one- nil win in the second test in Buenos Aires.

The Black Sticks lost the first test 3-nil but have levelled the six match series at one all, with a much more structured game against the world number three ranked side.

Captain for the match Olivia Merry scored the only goal when she converted a penalty stroke in the second half.

Olivia Merry scored the only goal of the match.

Olivia Merry scored the only goal of the match. Photo: Photosport

The match marked defender Ella Gunson, 150th test cap during the match.

Assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was pleasing to respond from the opening loss with a positive and aggressive approach.

"It was a very closely contested match but we were able to create a lot of chances and defended really well," he said.

"I was impressed with our team's fight and spirit under pressure, especially in the final quarter where we stood up and Grace O'Hanlon made some good saves in goal.

"We will look to train and improve in a few keys areas over the next 48 hours before our next game knowing Argentina will come out more aggressive after a loss."

The Black Sticks have a rest day tomorrow ahead of the third test on Friday morning.