Easy as 123 for Coetzee
01 August 2002
South Africa claimed fifth place in the women’s competition after a 4-3 victory over Scotland with a golden goal in extra time.
South Africa in a previous match against Malaysia
Pietie Coetzee, now topping the tournament’s scoring table with 10 goals, secured the victory just three minutes into extra time with a skilful reverse-stick shot finding its way past Tracey Robb.
The closely-fought match stood at 3-3 at the end of normal time, forcing only the second extra-time situation of the tournament.
Both teams battled hard and seemed equally matched but South Africa took the lead after only nine minutes when Sophie Mayer scored her fourth goal of the tournament
Coetzee made it 2-0 in the 27th minute, scoring as a result of a short corner, but just three minutes later Emma Rochlin put Scotland in contention, making the half-time score 2-1.
Emma Simpson came out strongly for Scotland in the second half, equalising in the 56th minute from open play when she caught keeper Graziyna Engelbrecht out of position.
With Scotland down to 10 players after Linda Clement was sent off, Jennifer Wilson took advantage, putting them ahead 3-2 before Samantha Judge equalised to force the tense extra time.
Coetzee’s golden goal gave her an international tally of 123 goals in 124 appearances.
“I don’t think too much about my scoring total. I came here to try to improve my game which I think I have done. If I do that, the goals will come.” She said.
“I am a believer in fate. We may have been unlucky when we lost our game to reach the semi-finals, but we didn’t really play well enough to go through."
“When we lost to India we decided to start today as the first match of our preparation for the World Cup so it was important that we were successful.”
Scotland’s Samantha Judge said of her equaliser to send the game into extra time: “It just came up and I thought I’ll have a go at it and it went in!"
“Although we lost, I’m glad to go out on that game and not the one from yesterday against South Africa because it was a much better match.”
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