EuroHockey Club Cup 5th/ 6th Place Playoff
Mannheimer HC 7 Victorya Smolevichi 0
Mannheimer completely dominated Victorya Smolevichi to finish fifth, both teams making their debut in the competition.
Nike Lorenz’s drag-flick rebounded off the backboard in the sixth minute before Victorya suffered a double blow in the 14th minute. Camille Nobis and Lydia Haase both scored as Mannheimer put the Belarus club under immense pressure.
Mannheimer’s tactical superiority was shown in the 23rd minute when with Victorya’s goalkeeper, Tatsiana Charei committed to a challenge, Nobis deftly passed to Greta Lyer to finish easily. Three minutes later, Lyer was on target again after a breakaway attack to leave Victorya trailing 5-0 at the break.
Mannhiemer’s final two goals came near the end of the third quarter, captain, Sophia Willig putting away a rebound in the 43rd minute with Alicia Magaz Medrano volleying the ball into the net a minute later.
Victorya’s best chance came from a penalty corner, their captain, Ryta Batrura firing wide left of the goal.
In spite of two heavy defeats, Victorya should be happy with their sixth place finish, and proud of their unexpected shootout victory over hosts Surbiton. Fifth place is the best that Mannheimer could have hoped for after losing their quarter-final to rivals UHC Hamburg.
Scorers: Nike Lorenz 6-PC, Camille Nobis 14-F, Lydia Haase 14-F, Greta Lyer 23-F, 26-F; Sophia Willig 43-F, Alicia Magaz Medrano 44-F.
Squad: Julia Meffert, Cecile Pieper, Camille Nobis, Sophia Willig (Capt.), Greta Lyer, Lydia Haase, Nike Lorenz, Florencia Habif, Lisa Schneider, Stine Kurz, Charlotte Gerstenhoffer,
Subs: Nadine Kanler (5 mins), Maxi Pohl (5), Sonja Zimmermann (5), Megan Frazer (5), Alicia Magaz Medrano (5), Maria Tost (7), Paula Schmidt (GK) (45)
Squad: Hanna Zabrotskaya, Khrystsina Mitskevich, Maryna Nikitsina, Katsiaryna Mikhalik, Ryta Baruta (Capt.), Yulia Mikheichyk, Dziyana Batsiukova, Karyna Syddykava, Tatsiana Charei (GK), Dziana Khmylova, Xenia Efimencova.
Subs: Dziana Hanets (7 mins), Aliaksandra Mikulich (11), Nadzeya Litasava (14), Krystsina Miastouskaya (GK) (32 mins), Hanna Zhylevich (45).
Subs not used: Palina Papelskaya, Viktoryia Burakova
Umpires: Fanneke Alkemade (Netherlands) and Ivona Makar (Croatia).
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