Rio Olympics: Como’s Kathryn Slattery the only shining light in Hockeyroos defeat to US

Hockeyroo Kathryn Slattery, of Como.
Hockeyroo Kathryn Slattery, of Como.

COMO resident Kathryn Slattery snared a consolation goal but it was no avail as her Hockeyroos dropped their second straight game in Rio de Janeiro.

A stunned Australian outfit went down 2-1 to the US overnight, the same scoreline that cost them the opening game of their campaign against Great Britain.

Slattery, a Curtin University student who plays for WASPS in Perth, had performed well in her Olympic debut against Great Britain but was rarely sighted in the first half against the US.

She did provide the Hockeyroos’ highlight late in the third quarter when the Hockeyroos, down 2-0 and down two players after Georgie Parker and captain Madonna Blyth were sent to the sin bin just 90 seconds apart, scored on a counter-attack.

Australian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch’s clearing kick from a penalty corner attempt travelled nearly to halfway and straight to Brooke Peris, who quickly fed a long ball to Slattery deep in attack.

In a three on two situation, Slattery worked the ball into the circle where Mariah Williams held the keeper and crossed the ball back to the net for Slattery to knock in.

Both US goals came from penalty corners.

Michelle Vittese opened the scoring in the second term with a slap shot into the corner of the goal off of a variation option.

Their second goal came after Parker was issued a yellow card for her crude back-tackle attempt outside the circle that resulted in a penalty corner.

Australia’s defence charged down the initial shot but the ball wasn’t cleared and ricocheted to a dangerous position. With several unmanned attackers around the net, Caitlin Van Sickle was able to tap-in an easy finish as the US doubled its lead.

Fortunately for the Hockeyroos, this Olympics is the first that hockey will feature a quarter final round, meaning eight nations advance to the knockout stages instead of just four.

While that means the Australians still have some control of their destiny in the tournament, they require sharp improvements in their discipline and general play if they are to figure significantly.