Roost moves Aussies into semifinals, 11-6 Japan finishes unbeaten in round-robin play

July 21, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Ryan Basen

Nathan Roost scored four goals as Australia clinched a spot in the World Games semifinals, rolling past England, 11-6, yesterday at Homewood Field. Australia (2-2) ended a two-game skid and will play Canada in tomorrow's semifinals.

The English (0-4) got within 4-3 just 3 1/2 minutes into the third, but Australia answered with a run four minutes later. Roost capped that four-goal spurt with a left-handed underhand shot to put Australia ahead 8-3 with a minute left in the third.

Australia dominated on ground balls (31-16) and outshot the English, 43-31.

"This was more than a game for us, this was bragging rights against our northern rival for four years and beyond," said Roost, Australia's goal leader with 12, who played last season at Hobart. "We also wanted to do well against the English to try and get some momentum for the stretch run."

Japan 15, Wales 2: Japan routed its fifth consecutive opponent to capture first place in the Red Division and post an undefeated record in round-robin play. The Japanese actually trailed, 1-0, but used a clockwork attack and aggressive defense to dominate the game, outshooting Wales, 54-16.

Shinya Ueda scored three consecutive goals in the second quarter to lead all scorers and Shinya Maruyama picked up four assists. Eight other players scored for the well-balanced Japanese offense.

Japanese coach Yoshihiro Okubo was satisfied with his team's performance. "We wanted to prove to the fans that Japan can play lacrosse. The first win was our biggest victory. It meant a lot to the team," he said, referring to Japan's 0-6 record in the 1994 World Games. Germany 13, Sweden 10: The Germans jumped to an early 5-1 advantage and fended off a resilient Swedish team to win their fourth game. Powered by Jonathan Damm, who coupled three assists with five goals to give him a tournament-high 19, Germany never trailed again after falling behind, 1-0.

Sweden (2-3) rallied in the second quarter with three consecutive goals, including two by midfielder Jan Samuelsson, to cut the deficit to 5-4. After that the two teams traded goals six times, bringing the score to 11-10 midway through the fourth quarter on a goal by Sweden's John Sagrelius.

Scotland 15, Czech Republic 14 (OT): In a game with six lead changes, Scotland defeated the Czech Republic in sudden-death overtime. The Scots won their third game of the World Games on a goal by attackman Martin Clarke 1: 56 into the extra period.

The Czechs (1-4) trailed 10-8 late in regulation but rallied behind two quick goals in the final 1: 13 by midfielder Martin Mrlik, his fourth and fifth of the game. Mrlik's last tally, with less than a second remaining, tied the score at 10. The Czechs carried the momentum of the tying goal into the two four-minute overtime periods that followed, scoring four of six goals to take a 14-12 lead.

This time it was Scotland's turn to rally with two goals in 45 seconds.

"I thought we had the game won when we were up 10-8," said Phil Collier, Scotland's coach. "Give the Czechs credit. They took good shots and tied the game."

Pub Date: 7/21/98

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