The Future Black Sticks Women scored two goals in the last six minutes to secure a 3-3 draw in game five against the India Juniors at TET Multisport Centre in Stratford.
New Zealand’s opening goal came from Canterbury’s Rachel McCann before the Indians responded and took control, holding onto a 3-1 lead late in the game.
With something special needed, Black Sticks head coach Jude Menezes substituted goalkeeper Brooke Roberts for an extra field player which freed up space for Su Arn Kwek to score with six minutes on the clock.
The Future Black Sticks then drew level with McCann delivering her second goal to equalise from a penalty corner right on the fulltime hooter.
The Black Sticks have already won the series with three wins and two draws with the final game being played at 11am tomorrow morning with free entry.
Coach Menezes said it was a fantastic effort from the girls to come back from the brink of defeat and force a draw.
“It was a very close game and the team showed great character to come from behind, so in a way it feels like a win,” he said.
“We are looking to finish with a good result tomorrow, we are undefeated so far and we would like to keep it that way.”
The team will be without Alex Conway, Victoria Methuen and Kate McCaw for tomorrow’s game, who all have to leave early to sit exams.
Schedule Future Black Sticks vs India Series:
Free entry for all games at TET Multisports Centre, Stratford
3pm (730am IST), Wed 5 November: Black Sticks won 2-1
6pm (1030am IST), Thursday 6 November: 2-2 Draw
3pm (730am IST), Saturday 8 November: Black Sticks won 5-0
3pm (730am IST), Sunday 9 November: Black Sticks won 3-2
3pm (730am IST), Wednesday 12 November: 3-3 Draw
11am (330am IST), Thursday 13 November
Indian Squad for the series:
Goalkeepers: Sonal Miz, Inderpreet Kaur
Defenders: Priya, Pooja Rani, Karishma Yadav, Deep Grace Ekka (Captain), Jaspreet Kaur, Manjit Kaur,
Midfielders: Sonika, Preeti Dubey, Lilima Minz, Navneet Kaur, Namita Toppo,
Forwards: Priyanka, Navpreet Kaur, Navjot Kaur (Vice-Captain), Poonam Barla, Anupa Barla
Future Black Sticks Squad for the series:
Stephanie Dickins, Kayla Bradey, Su Arn Kwek, Alex Conway, Alia Jacques, Tessa Jopp, Rachel McCann, Victoria Methven, Erin Goad, Kelsey Smith, Danielle Sutherland, Maddi McLean, Kate McCaw, Siobhan Nuzum, Felicity Reidy, Deanna Ritchie, Brooke Roberts (GK), Lydia Velzian, Sarah Matthews (GK), Melissa Harris (GK), Cassandra Reid (C)