Team USA Field Hockey rallied behind 13 saves by goalkeeper Jackie Briggs to complete the take down of medal-winning favorite Argentina on Saturday. The upset was the first game of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio for the United States team.
Neither team was able to net a goal in first half, which featured failed penalty corners from both teams, including one from US midfielder Rachel Dawson in the second quarter.
"I think the first period, we started a little slow, maybe a little bit tentative," Team USA head coach Craig Parnham said. "We've got some players that have not played on this stage before. It may be better attributed to that."
In the second half, the United States went up 2-0 off of goals from Katie Reinprecht and Michelle Kasold.
Argentina didn't score their first goal until there were only three minutes left in the game and the speedy Americans were able to slow it down as they let the final seconds tick off the clock.
The United States will get to enjoy the win for a full day as they prepare to take on a very tough opponent in #3 ranked Australia on Monday.
Team USA will have to hold off Australia’s 2015 Women’s Player of the Year Jodie Kenny, who is a top scoring threat for the Hockeyroos.
Australia will have to deal with the speed of the U.S. They are dubbed one of the fittest teams in the world, thanks to cutting edge technology that monitors heart rates and other data to optimize the energy level of the group that’s put out on the pitch.
Team USA has already tied its number of wins from pool play in London, where they finished in last place. The team will look to use its past as further motivation against another medal favorite in Pool B competition.