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first_imgSouth Africa will take on Spain in the quarterfinals. In the other games, India face Japan, Scotlands play Azerbaijan and hosts Ireland take on the USA. 221 and countingCoetzee was given a black T-shirt. It read: “I am Pietie and I broke the world record … 221 and counting”. South African striker Pietie Coetzee broke the women’s hockey world record of 220 test match goals with a stunning first half hat-trick and four goals in total in a 5-5 draw between South Africa and the USA at the Champions Challenge tournament in Dublin on Tuesday. Coetzee became South Africa’s youngest ever full international player back in 1995 at the age of 16. Had she not halted her international career for a number of years to concentrate on her career, she would have long ago become the leading goal scorer of all time. The Bloemfontein-born Johannesburg resident added a further goal after the changeover to level the game for South Africa with only three minutes remaining. It took her record to a stunning 222 goals in 224 tests. South Africa got what they needed from the game against the Americans, the one point they needed to top Pool A. Coming on the back of a scintillating 5-1 thrashing of tournament favourites Japan, it was, however, an unconvincing performance that will be of concern to head coach Giles Bonnet as the tournament goes into the knockout phase. Coetzee had been threatening the 20-year-old world record of Russia’s Natalya Krasnikova for some time, but she made sure it didn’t become a protracted goal watch with a stunning display against the Americans. Drag flickcenter_img The South African team celebrated Coetzee’s achievement by donning white T-shirts after the game that read: “I played with Pietie when she broke the world record.” Wednesday is a rest day before the teams go into Thursday’s quarter-finals. She has long been one of the leading exponents of the drag flick at penalty corner time, and that skill and power was again on display on Tuesday as she struck twice from the set piece in the first half against the Americans. 22 June 2011 Those two goals were followed by a sizzling action goal 12 minutes before the break, which took Coetzee to the record. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img

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