Surbiton Ladies suffered a frustrating exit from the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, going down 2-0 on penalty shuttles after drawing 1-1 with Club Campo de Madrid in their quarter final in Bilthoven.
Surbiton dominated the first quarter, Sarah Page and Jenna Woolven going close. Madrid fought back in the second quarter, but the first half stayed goalless.
In the 41st minute, Emily Atkinson started an attack from the halfway line, finding Rebecca Herbert, whose cross from the right was brilliantly finished by Hannah Coulson.
Hannah Coulson and captain, Sarah Haycroft, celebrate Surbiton’s first-ever goal in Europe. Photo: Ady Kerry
Surbiton still led going into the fourth quarter, but their hopes of a debut victory in Europe were dashed in the 54th minute when captain, Rocio Gutierrez Sierra, levelled for Madrid from a penalty corner at the left post.
Hannah Coulson, Surbiton’s first goalscorer in Europe, playing against Club Campo de Madrid. Photo: Ady Kerry.
With shuttles due to decide the tie, Page saw her effort saved by goalkeeper Maria Angeles Ruiz Castillo.
Gutierrez Sierra slipped her shuttle through Abi Walker’s legs, before Ruiz Castillo swept the ball away from Harriet Tibble. Alicia Magaz Medrano then lobbed Walker to double the Spaniards’ lead.
Surbiton captain Sarah Haycroft put the ball in the goal after the goalkeeper saved, but after the eight second hooter.
Empar Gil’s shuttle was saved by Walker, but a double save by Ruiz Castillo saw Madrid reach the last four and a meeting with HC’s Hertogenbosch.
Surbiton will play CSV Ismailovo of Russia, who lost 9-0 to HC’s Hertogenbosch, on Sunday at 10.45 am (local time) in the first of two matches to determine fifth to eighth place.
Canterbury also lost 2-0 on shuttles, to hosts SCHC after a 2-2 draw. Rot-Weiss Koln beat UCD 2-1.