In a stunning display of resilience and prowess, Norwegian handball goalkeepers Silje Solberg-Søthassel and Katrine Lunde have made a monumental return to the national team after personal breaks. Søthassel, who recently embraced motherhood just four months ago, showcased an impressive performance in the match against Angola. Despite not having played a minute for her club Györ this autumn, she managed a staggering 53% save rate. She credits her success to her years of experience and a robust defense that allowed Norway to concede a mere 19 goals.
Unwavering Resilience and Skill
On the other hand, Lunde, a seasoned player with 541 international caps to her name, also returned after a six-week absence due to a groin strain. While she candidly admits her performance was not particularly stellar against Angola, the determination to bounce back shines through. Both goalkeepers express their delight in being back on the team and demonstrate readiness for the challenges that lie ahead.
Mentorship and Confidence
The goalkeeping coach, Mats Olsson, who has worked closely with Lunde for 19 years, exudes confidence in their capacity to maintain a high level of goalkeeping as the World Championship progresses. He believes that their presence commands a deep-seated respect from opponents, thereby securing an advantageous position for the team.
Vying for the Quarter Finals
Meanwhile, Montenegro, holding a perfect record in Group B, is on the brink of reaching the quarter-finals following a commanding 25-11 win against Cameroon and a remarkable comeback against Hungary 24-18. Croatia's Tea Pijevic, with a 41% save rate, may turn the forthcoming Balkan clash into a goalkeepers' duel, playing a pivotal role in determining the winner. The quarter-final lineup for the Women’s World Floorball Championships WFC 2023 has also been confirmed after an exciting day at the OCBC Arena, with Latvia and Slovakia securing their spots in the last eight after their respective playoff games against Japan and hosts Singapore.