2/18/2018 1:01:39 PM

Unified Korean team lose again despite goalie heroics

Unified Korean team lose again despite goalie heroics

Gangneung, South Korea: Goalkeeper Shin So-jung pulled off an astonishing 51 saves but was powerless to stop the joint Korean women's ice hockey team losing their fourth Olympic match on the bounce on Sunday.

The historic team which includes South Koreans and 12 North Koreans cannot win a medal at the Pyeongchang Games and are now fighting for pride, having shipped 22 goals and scored just once.

Their latest defeat was 2-0 to Switzerland, but the scoreline would have been much worse were it not for goalkeeper Shin, who performed heroics.

"We are now 10 days in (to the Olympics) and I hope we can have 10 more days," said Shin, the star performer who single-handedly kept the scoreline respectable. "I was nervous in the first game when the puck came towards me but since the (third) match against Japan, I've been wanting the puck to continue coming to me."

Shin alone could not keep the Swiss away and the Koreans lacked punch upfront, with goals to Switzerland's Sabrina Zollinger and Evelina Raselli proving fatal to the home side.

The 200-plus North Korean cheerleaders were not in attendance this time among the crowd of nearly 6,000 packed into the raucous Kwandong Hockey Centre.

But the fervent home crowd still gave their struggling side a reception more befitting gold medallists than minnows.

"That's pretty crazy," said Korean coach Sarah Murray, referring to the almost full house for a match that had only classification placings at stake. "It's amazing how much support our team has been getting and we definitely feel loved," added the Canadian.

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