Netherlands beats China in women's field hockey

Aug. 13, 2008, 10:09 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) The Netherlands hung on for a 1-0 win over host China in a matchup of undefeated teams in women's field hockey in the Beijing Olympics on Thursday.

The Netherlands, ranked No. 1 in the world, improved to 3-0 in Pool A. China, which entered the game unscored upon, fell to 2-1.

Maartje Paumen scored on a high shot near the edge of the circle in the 21st minute, and the Netherlands took that lead into halftime.

Despite a boisterous and hopeful crowd, No. 6 China struggled to create scoring opportunities in the second half. Its best chance came in the 69th minute, but Zhao Zudiao's shot was high.