US women's field hockey team reaches World Cup semis
JUN 10, 2014 2:50p ET
The United States women have reached the field hockey World Cup semifinals for the first time in 20 years after beating South Africa 4-2 on Tuesday.
Second-half goals from Katie Reinprecht, Rachel Lawson and captain Lauren Crandall ensured the 10th-ranked Americans won their group and will meet Australia.
Defending champion Argentina drew 1-1 against China and set up a rematch of the 2010 final against unbeaten host side the Netherlands.
In the men's draw, Argentina qualified for the field hockey World Cup semifinals for the first time on Tuesday, causing Germany to become the first Olympic champion to miss the semis since 1971.
Argentina beat South Africa 5-1 but it was closer than the scoreboard suggests.
The Argentines led 3-0 and should have cruised home, but suddenly lost three players to yellow cards in five minutes. But South Africa couldn't make the three-man advantage count, and scored only when Argentina had all its men back.
Then Gonzalo Peillat and Lucas Vila scored their second goals of the match to leave no doubt.
The victory ensured Argentina finished second in the group and lined up Australia on Friday, and left Germany knowing it missed the semis for the first time in 43 years, when it played as West Germany.
The Germans, nevertheless, picked themselves up to hammer South Korea 6-1.
The Netherlands topped the group, but was limited to 1-1 by New Zealand. Valentin Verga scored in the eighth minute for the Dutch but New Zealand then withstood the onslaught, from which it grew in confidence in the second half and leveled through Simon Child seven minutes from time. The Kiwis had the last penalty corner but couldn't convert. The Dutch will meet England on Friday.