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Monday, June 15, 2015

New Zealand Women's National Soccer Team News

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June 15, 2015 - Hannah Wilkinson scores equalizer in draw with China
"China, helped by a dubious penalty, tied New Zealand 2-2 in an entertaining women's World Cup Group A game on Monday and qualified for the next stage along with hosts Canada. China ended the group stage on four points, one behind Canada, and tied with the Netherlands on the same goal difference. China secured second place because they scored one more goal than the Dutch. New Zealand went ahead in the 28th minute when Rebekah Stott lashed home a shot from close range but the game turned in the 41st minute after the Hungarian referee wrongly ruled that New Zealand defender Ria Percival had handled the ball. Replays clearly showed the ball hit Percival in the stomach. Wang Lisi converted the spot kick and China then took the lead in the 60th minute when Wang Shanshan scored with a close range header. Hannah Wilkinson equalized in the 64th minute but New Zealand - who have never won a World Cup game - could not score again despite heavy pressure." - Eurosport

May 14, 2015 - World Cup roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Cushla Lichtwark (Upper Hutt City), Erin Nayler (Norwest Utd), Rebecca Rolls (Three Kings Utd)
  • Defenders: Catherine Bott (Forrest Hill Milford Utd), Abby Erceg (Chicago Red Stars/USA), Anna Green (Fencibles Utd), Meikayla Moore (Eastern Suburbs), Ria Percival (USV Jena/Germany), Ali Riley (Rosengard/Sweden), Rebekah Stott (Claudelands Rovers)
  • Midfielders: Katie Bowen (University of North Carolina/USA), Daisy Cleverley (Forrest Hill Milford Utd), Katie Duncan (FC Zurich/Switzerland), Betsy Hassett (Fencibles Utd), Annalie Longo (Coastal Spirit), Evie Millynn (Western Springs), Kirsty Yallop (Vittsjo/Sweden)
  • Forwards: Sarah Gregorius (Elfen Saitama/Japan), Amber Hearn (USV Jena/Germany), Emma Kete (Fencibles Utd), Jasmine Pereira (Three Kings Utd), Rosie White (Fencibles Utd), Hannah Wilkinson (University of Tennessee/USA)
May 11, 2015 - Hayley Bowden retires
Football Ferns midfielder Hayley Bowden formally announced her retirement from international football on Monday. Bowden said she had decided to end her playing career with the national team two months ago but took time to think the decision through before confirming her retirement officially....  Bowden retires with 92 ‘A’ international caps for the Football Ferns after scoring on her debut against Samoa in April 2003. The 31-year-old represented New Zealand at two FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and appeared at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic games, the latter campaign seeing the Football Ferns reach the quarter-finals. She earned her 50th cap for New Zealand in a 3-0 win over Scotland as they progressed to the Cyprus Cup final on 1 March 2010, at the time becoming only the fourth Football Fern to reach the milestone." - OFC

March 19, 2015 - roster named for trip to USA
  • Goalkeepers: Erin Nayler (26/0 – Norwest Utd, NZL), Rebecca Rolls (21/0 – Three Kings Utd, NZL)
  • Defenders: Abby Erceg (111/5 – Chicago Red Stars, USA), Anna Green (56/7 – unattached), Meikayla Moore (10/0 – Eastern Suburbs AFC, NZL), Ria Percival (101/11 – USV Jena, GER), Ali Riley (91/1 – FC Rosengard, SWE), Rebekah Stott (37/2 – unattached)
  • Midfielders: Hayley Bowden (92/10 – Fencibles Utd AFC, NZL), Katie Bowen (24/0 – University of North Carolina, USA), Daisy Cleverley (3/2 – Forrest Hill Milford Utd AFC, NZL), Katie Duncan (100/1 – FC Zurich, SWI), Betsy Hassett (77/8 – Fencibles Utd AFC, NZL), Annalie Longo (76/6 – Coastal Spirit FC, NZL), Kirsty Yallop (88/12 – Vittsjo GIK, SWE)
  • Forwards: Sarah Gregorius (64/21 – AS Elfen Saitama, JPN), Amber Hearn (97/45 – USV Jena, GER), Jasmine Pereira (6/0 – Three Kings Utd, NZL), Rosie White (67/14 – Fencibles Utd AFC, NZL), Hannah Wilkinson (67/22 – University of Tennessee, USA)
March 4, 2015 - Hannah Wilkinson & Amber Hearn score in draw with Spain
"New Zealand have fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Spain in their women's soccer international in Guadalajara courtesy of two goals in the last half-hour. Hannah Wilkinson and Amber Hearn cancelled out a first-half goal to Vero Boquete from a corner and another soon after the break from Sonia Bermudez. The 18th-ranked Football Ferns got a foothold in the game against the 15th-ranked hosts in the 63rd minute when Wilkinson scored the 22nd goal for her country. Substitute Hearn levelled the scores with eight minutes remaining, slotting home from close range to notch her 45th international goal." - 3news

February 19, 2015 - roster named for Spain trip
  • Goalkeepers: Cushla Lichtwark (0/0 - Upper Hutt City, NZL) Erin Nayler (24/0 – Glenfield Rovers, NZL)  
  • Defenders: CJ Bott (1/0 – Forrest Hill Milford Utd AFC, NZL) Abby Erceg (capt – 109/5 – Chicago Red Stars, USA) Meikayla Moore (10/0 – Eastern Suburbs AFC, NZL) Ria Percival (101/11 – USV Jena, GER) Ali Riley (89/1 – FC Rosengard, SWE) Rebekah Stott (35/2 – unattached) 
  • Midfielders: Katie Bowen (22/0 – University of North Carolina, USA) Daisy Cleverley (3/2 – Forrest Hill Milford Utd AFC, NZL) Betsy Hassett (75/8 – unattached) Katie Hoyle (98/1 – FC Zurich, SWI) Annalie Longo (76/6 – Coastal Spirit, NZL) Evie Millynn (2/0 – Western Springs AFC, NZL) Kirsty Yallop (86/12 – Vittsjo GIK, SWE) 
  • Forwards: Sarah Gregorius (62/23 – AS Elfen Saitama, JPN) Amber Hearn (95/44 – USV Jena, GER) Jasmine Pereira (4/0 - Three Kings Utd, NZL) Rosie White (65/14 – unattached) Hannah Wilkinson (65/21 – University of Tennessee, USA)
February 8, 2015 - Hannah Wilkinson scores in draw with North Korea
The Football Ferns and North Korea have battled out a 1-1 draw in the opening match of a soccer tri-series in Auckland, also featuring Australia. Hannah Wilkinson volleyed home to give New Zealand the lead on Sunday night, but Wi Jong Sim equalised midway through the opening spell with a diving header.... New Zealand's goal in the 11th minute came after they won possession in opposition territory and worked the ball into the penalty box, where Wilkinson produced an emphatic finish." - Yahoo

January 23, 2015 - rosters remains the same for tri-series
"Football Ferns coach Tony Readings has named an unchanged squad for next month’s tri-series involving Korea DPR and Australia in Auckland." - OFC
  • Goalkeepers: Cushla Lichtwark – 0/0 – Upper Hutt City, NZ; Erin Nayler – 22/0 - Glenfield Rovers, NZ
  • Defenders: Katie Bowen - 20/0 – Glenfield Rovers, NZL; Abby Erceg - 107/5 – Chicago Red Stars, USA; Meikayla Moore – 10/0 – Coastal Spirit, NZL; Ria Percival - 99/11 – USV Jena, GER; Ali Riley - 87/1 – FC Rosengard, SWE; Rebekah Stott - 33/2 – unattached
  • Midfielders: Hayley Bowden - 92/10 – unattached; Betsy Hassett – 73/8 – unattached; Katie Hoyle – 96/1 – unattached; Annalie Longo - 72/6 – Coastal Spirit, NZL; Kirsty Yallop – 84/12 - Vittsjo GIK, SWE
  • Forwards; Helen Collins -27/6 – Claudelands Rovers, NZL; Sarah Gregorius - 60/21 – AS Elfen Saitama, JPN; Amber Hearn – 93/44 - USV Jena, GER; Rosie White – 63/14 – unattached; Hannah Wilkinson – 63/20 - University of Tennessee, USA
January 15, 2015 - Percival, Wilkinson & Longo score in win over Denmark
"The Football Ferns claimed their maiden victory over Denmark on Thursday night with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the 16th-ranked European side in Belek, Turkey. Having fallen behind inside the opening five minutes to Simone Sorensen’s opener, the 18th-ranked Football Ferns recovered in quick time, fullback Ria Percival and then striker Hannah Wilkinson putting Tony Readings’ side ahead by the 22nd minute. Denmark pulled level in first half stoppage time via Sofie Pedersen but halftime substitute Annalie Longo – scorer of New Zealand’s goal in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw between the sides – provided the winner in the 58th minute." - New Zealand Football

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