Hockey: Coetzee to the four as Scots suffer

PIETIE Coetzee, the top women’s striker of all time, came to Titwood and scored four times in South Africa’s 5-2 win over Scotland in the fourth Test match last night.

The result means that the South Africans have already won the series 3-0 with one game drawn before the final encounter this afternoon.

After Holly Cram missed an early opportunity for the Scots, Coetzee beat Nicki Cochrane with a fierce reverse stick shot to put South Africa ahead. Three minutes later, however, Scotland were level when Cram won a set piece, the ball being switched left by Becky Merchant and Ailsa Wyllie sweeping the ball home.

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Coetzee, though, was on the mark again at South Africa’s first penalty corner of the match when she sent an unstoppable drag flick into the Scottish net.

The second half was largely a midfield stalemate, but in 58 minutes Coetzee released a fierce reverse stick shot past Cochrane – who made a number of good saves – for 3-1. Kate Woods then Ceotzee, again, made it five, before the battling Scots pulled a goal back when a hit by Merchant at a penalty corner was brilliantly deflected into the net by captain Linda Clement.