It was a bitter sweet moment for USA's Lauren Moyer as she celebrated 100 international caps for her team but then suffered a 4-0 loss at the hands of an impressive India team. For the Eves this was a great result as it meant they finished their first season in the FIH Pro League in third place.
The second match saw China steam-rollered by the Netherlands as the Dutch team turned on the style and smothered any attempts by China to gather attacking momentum. This was Netherlands at their compelling best and both their flowing build-up play and the subsequent goals were precise and unanswerable at times.
United States v India (women) – HC Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NED)The first quarter was goalless although Devi Shamila had a golden opportunity to score when she received the ball with only goalkeeper Kelsey Bing to beat. Shamila scuffed the shot and USA breathed a sigh of relief. For their part, USA won two penalty corners were unable to convert.
China v Netherlands (women) - HC Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NED)
The first half of the match between China and Netherlands was all about the Netherlands as they romped to a 3-0 lead. China were far less solid in defence compared to the previous day and they added to the pressure by repeatedly losing possession, often in their own defensive quarter.
Netherlands also received a boost with the return to action for Eva de Goede after a lengthy lay-off for a knee injury.
The opening goal was scored by Maria Verschoor, adding to her goal from the previous day. That was followed just three minutes later when Felice Albers picked up the ball on the Netherlands' defensive 25 and then ran the length of the pitch before firing past Li Xinhuan who was starting in the China goal.
Frederique Matla scored the next three goals. The first was a fierce penalty corner in the second half and then the tall striker sent two beautifully taken penalty strokes into the goal at the start of the third quarter.
The pressure from the Dutch was unrelenting for the remainder of the third quarter. Only some great running at penalty corners by Li Hong prevented a stream of goals. Just before the final break China's woes were increased when the goalkeeper made the decision to try to challenge Lidewij Welten outside the circle. Welten inevitably nicked the ball, before rounding the stranded 'keeper and scoring an easy goal.
There will be some scant consolation for Head Coach Alyson Annan and her team as China managed to keep the score sheet clean in the final 15 minutes. Before the match the Head Coach spoke about the fact that there were five new players in the team and this was very much a learning experience.
Player of the Match Felice Albers (NED) said: 'It was a great performance, we scored some nice goals. We discussed about defending on the right and we did that well today. Eva de Goede is a great player and we are very happy that she is back.'
The result means Netherlands finish second in the FIH Pro League, eight points ahead of India. China remain in eighth place with two matches left to play - against Germany.
The FIH Pro League action continues on Saturday 25 June in the final two days of FIH Pro League action for this season. USA women will play Belgium at 11:30 (CEST) at HC Den Bosch; China will then play Germany at the same venue at 14:00 (CEST). The final match of the day will see men's FIH Pro League champions Netherlands take on Spain, also in front of the HC Den Bosch spectators.
FIH Pro League – 22 June 2022
HC Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NED)
Result: Women’s Match #70
USA 0, India 4
Player of the Match: Tete Salima (IND)
Umpires: Liu Xiaoying (CHN), Bruce Bale (ENG) Laurine Delforge (BEL -video)
Result: Women’s Match #69
China 0, Netherlands 6
Player of the Match: Felice Albers (NED)
Umpires: Laurine Delforge (BEL), Céline Martin-Schmets (BEL), Bruce Bale (ENG-video), Céline Martin-Schmets (BEL)