ATHENS, Greece -- In a matchup of 2000 medalists, the
Netherlands defeated Argentina on penalty strokes after playing to
a tie score after regulation and overtime.
Argentina, which won the
silver in Sydney, tied the game 2-2 in the 68th minute on when
Maria Magdalena Aicega scored off a penalty corner. After 15
minutes of extra time couldn't break the tie, the game progressed
to penalty strokes.
Janneke Schopman, Ageeth Boomgaardt, Mijntje Donners and Lieve
van Kessel all scored for the Netherlands. Argentina's second
shooter, Maria Cecilia Rognoni, missed her shot wide left. With
Dutch leading 4-2, Netherlands goalkeeper Clarinda Sinnige made a
stick save on Ayelen Iara Stepnik's shot to end it.
The Dutch, who have won bronze medals at the past two Olympics,
will face Germany for the gold medal on Thursday. The Germans
played China to a scoreless tie and got two saves from Louisa
Walter in the penalty-stroke shootout to win. Walter stopped
China's second shot from Gao Lihua. All other shooters scored until
Nie Yali stopped Franziska Gude on Germany fifth attempt to keep
China alive. But Walter saved Zhou Wanfeng on the next shot to
advance to the gold medal match.
Argentina will face China for the bronze.
In classification games, New Zealand needed overtime to defeat
South Korea. Lisa Walton scored the winner in the 80th minute. New
Zealand will face rival Australia on Thursday in the fifth-place
game after the Aussies defeated Japan. South Korea and Japan will
play for seventh.