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Rio Update: USA Eliminated with Loss to Germany

Courtesy of USA Field Hockey
Aug. 15, 2016



Olympics Central - Huskies in Rio

FINAL RECORD: 4-2

 

STORRS, Conn. - The magical run for Melissa Gonzalez and the U.S. Women’s Olympic Field Hockey Team at the Olympics came to an end on Monday, as the Americans lost to Germany, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the Rio Games.

After starting group play with a four-game winning streak, Team USA lost to Great Britain on Saturday in the final minutes – making it the two-seed out of Pool B. The U.S. was then defeated by Germany, Pool A’s third seed, eliminating it from contention.

With the loss, the U.S. National Team’s 32-year medal drought continues. Its last medal finish was bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Since then, its best finish was fifth place in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Gonzalez completes her second Olympic appearance with Team USA. The 2011 UConn graduate is one of only two Huskies (Tracey Fuchs – 1988 and 1996) to ever compete in two Olympics for U.S. Women’s Field Hockey.

Great Britain 2, USA 1

The four-game win streak for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Field Hockey Team ended on Saturday when in the final minutes, Great Britain scored a game-winning goal to record a 2-1 victory over the Americans.


 

 


Former UConn star Melissa Gonzalez and Team USA will enter the Rio Quarterfinals as the second seed from Pool B and will play the third seed from Pool A on Monday at 11:30 a.m. (ET). The game can be seen on the USA Network.

The U.S. National Team finishes pool play with a 4-1 record and has put itself in a strong position to earn a medal for the first time since 1984.

Gonzalez, a U.S. captain, would be the first UConn field hockey player to ever win an Olympic medal.

USA 4, India 0

The U.S. Women’s Olympic Field Hockey Team may be ranked fifth in the world, but it is playing like the best team after a 4-0 win over India on Thursday pushed it to 4-0 in the Rio Olympics.

Former UConn star Melissa Gonzalez tallied a goal for her second straight game with a fourth-quarter strike, helping Team USA cruise to victory for the fourth time in these Olympic Games.

As has been the story for the Americans, superior conditioning and extremely stingy defense has barely allowed opposing teams any opportunities at all. Through four games, Team USA is outscoring opponents, 14-3.

The Americans have not earned an Olympic medal since 1984, but have a strong chance this season. Now guaranteed to make it into the Rio Quarterfinals, a win over Great Britain would mean a good draw for the U.S.  

USA 6, Japan 1

Just 22 seconds into the game, UConn alum Melissa Gonzalez scored for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Field Hockey Team, setting the tone for its 6-1 rout of Japan on Wednesday afternoon in the Rio Games.

For Gonzalez, it was her first goal of the Rio Olympics. For Team USA, it was the third victory in three games – improving its record to 3-0 in Pool B and giving it a tiebreaker edge over Great Britain via goals scored.

The Americans used their superior conditioning to their advantage, outrunning Japan to every ball and staying on the offensive attack. A 3-0 halftime lead paved the way for a comfortable ride to the finish for the U.S.

Barring a strange set of circumstances, Team USA will qualify for the Rio Quarterfinals. Before then, two games in Pool B remain.

USA 2, Australia 1

A 2-1 victory over Australia on Monday morning, the third-ranked team in the world, has the Americans sitting pretty with a 2-0 record to kick-off play in Pool B.

Following a 2-1 win over second-ranked Argentina on Saturday afternoon, Team USA has now defeated two of the top-five teams in the world - and the Rio Olympics are only three days old.

Gonzalez, a U.S. team captain and former two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year at UConn, has helped lead the way for her team, which has already surpassed its win total from the 2012 London Games.

USA 2, Argentina 1

Waiting less than 24 hours to make a statement in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the U.S. Women's Field Hockey Team defeated Argentina, the world's second-ranked team, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in its opening game of Pool B play.

Team USA, led by team captain and former UConn standout Melissa Gonzalez, captured a win by taking a 2-0 lead and holding off Argentina attempts in the final minutes. Gonzalez's strong defense played a big part in Saturday's win.

With the victory, the Americans already matched their win total from the 2012 London Games - a promising sign moving forward for the world's fifth-ranked team.

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