Slattery scores in bronze medal loss to Spain

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South Stirling product Kathryn Slattery scored a goal for the Hockeyroos in their World Cup bronze medal play-off loss to Spain.
Camera IconSouth Stirling product Kathryn Slattery scored a goal for the Hockeyroos in their World Cup bronze medal play-off loss to Spain. Credit: Worldsportpics Frank Uijlenbroek

South Stirling product Kathryn Slattery scored the Hockeyroos’ sole goal but it wasn’t enough for them to claim a medal at the 2018 Women’s World Cup, losing to Spain in the bronze medal match on Sunday in London.

The Hockeyroos defeated Argentina in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals last Wednesday but lost to eventual champions the Netherlands in another penalty shootout in the semifinals on Saturday.

Spain netted two first-quarter goals before Slattery pinched a goal back in the 40th minute when she tapped in a deft touch from captain Emily Smith that was goal-bound.

Hockeyroos’ Kathryn Slattery in action against Spain.
Camera IconHockeyroos’ Kathryn Slattery in action against Spain. Credit: Worldsportpics Frank Uijlenbroek

Alicia Magaz sealed Spain’s 3-1 victory, however, in the final quarter to send the Hockeyroos home without a medal.

It is the third time Australia has finished fourth at the major tournament with the disappointment evident after failing to shake off the heartbreaking semifinal loss to the Dutch. The Netherlands thrashed Ireland 6-0 in the final to claim gold.

Slattery, who played locally for Tigers and Manypeaks, scored just the one goal in six matches and was not used in the penalty shootouts.

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