Melissa Gonzalez was key in shutting down Argentina's potent offense on Tuesday.
July 31, 2012
Former University of Connecticut field hockey star Melissa Gonzalezand the USA Field Hockey National Team defeated Argentina, the world's second-ranked squad, by a 1-0 count in the second match of the Olympic Games preliminary round. Team USA improves to 1-1 in preliminary round play while Argentina is also 1-1 in Pool B.
Gonzalez, a two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, was key in shutting down Argentina's top player, Luciana Aymar, who is regarded as the best player in the world. Argentina had defeated South Africa by a 7-1 score just two days ago.
"I'd give the mug [for best player] to everyone if I could," USA midfielder Lauren Crandall said. "But I would have to say Falgo and Gonzo deserved it tonight."
Team USA has now won two matches in-a-row against the Argentineans, as the US defeated Argentina in the gold-medal game of the 2011 Pan Am Games in October. Team USA qualified for the Olympics with that victory.
Next up for Team USA is a pivotal matchup against Australia on Thursday, August 2. The US is tied for second place in Pool B along with three other teams. The top-two teams in the six-team pool advance to the knockout round.