S. Korea uses shutout to take fifth and final spot

Updated: March 27, 2004, 2:25 AM ET
Associated Press

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- South Korea beat the United States 4-0 on Saturday to take the fifth and final spot in the women's field hockey competition in the Athens Olympics.

"Korea outplayed us. It's basically that simple," U.S. coach Beth Anders said. "As far as Olympic dreams are concerned, there were a lot of dreams shattered today.

"I'm proud of these girls. They had a good tournament. They have no reason to put their heads down. ... It's hard. There's nothing you can say to anyone right now. It hurts."

Kim Yun-mi, Lee Mi-seong and Park Mi-hyun and Kim Seong-eun scored for South Korea.

Japan, Spain, Germany and New Zealand claimed four places in Athens when they finished at the top of their five-team pools in the Auckland event. Argentina, Australia, China, the Netherlands and South Africa had previously qualified for the 10-team field.

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