South Africa beat Japan 2-0 in the Rabobank Women’s Hockey World Cup 9th/10th-placed play-off at Kyocera Stadium on Friday morning. It was a tough match as the first half saw none of the teams score any goals. South Africa tried their best but the Japanese tackled hard and kept South Africa’s women at bay.
It was in the second half that South Africa pulled their socks up. Ten minutes before the second half came to an end Pietie Coetzee scored the first goal of the match and it would prove to be the winning goal for the sport’s all-time leading goal scorer in her last international outing. South Africa had chances to increase their advantage but but failed to put it to good use. A ninth-place finish sees the South African women achieve their goal of finishing higher than their international ranking of eleventh.