Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014: England women lose opener to USA
Last Updated: 02/06/14 3:22pm
England's women lost 2-1 to the United States in their opening World Cup Group B match in Holland.
The Americans, coached by former England assistant Craig Parnham, began the sharper and were 2-0 up inside 15 minutes after penalty corner strikes from Paige Selenski and Kelsey Kolojejchick.
England found United States goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer in top form and although Kate Richardson-Walsh's set-piece beat her in the 56th minute they could not find the equaliser.
"We're very disappointed with the result," said coach Jason Lee. "I don't think it has to derail our ambitions for the rest of the tournament, in many ways it focuses our minds a little bit more as we're running out of slip room.
"The first 10 minutes didn't reflect our ability at all. America took two well worked corners and from then on we were chasing the game.
"I think we've learned that how we start is crucial and as I said it could've done us a favour because we now have no choice in the second game, we have to hit our straps from the first second."
England face China on Tuesday.
In other results in the women's event on Sunday, Germany and China managed a 1-1 draw while Argentina saw off South Africa by a 4-1 scoreline.
In the men's competition, the host nation triumphed 3-1 against Argentina, Germany routed South Africa 4-0 and there was a 2-1 win for New Zealand over South Korea.
Men's results: Germany 4-0 South Africa, Netherlands 3-1 Argentina, New Zealand 2-1 South Korea
Women's results: England 1-2 United States, Germany 1-1 China, Argentina 4-1 South Africa