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.