US women defeat Australia 2-1 in Rio Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 08: Lauren Crandall #27, Katelyn Falgowski #23, Jill Witmer #10 and Kelsey Kolojejchick #7 of United States celebrate a goal as Karri Mcmahon #11 of Australia walks away during a Women’s Pool B match on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre on […]

DEODORO, BRAZIL (WBRE/WYOU) – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey team handed a stunning upset to Australia in the lady’s second match-up of the Rio Summer Olympic games.

Team USA defeated Australia 2-1 Monday morning, on the third day of the games, giving a 2-0 record in the Olympics.

The US, fresh off a defeat of medal-favorite Argentina 2-1, held off the No. 3 world-ranked Hockeyroos. It’s the second time the US women have defeated the Aussies, having pulled off a victory in a shoot-off after tying Australia 2-2 in the 2016 Women’s Hockey Championships.

Now with a total of six event points secured from two pool-play victories, the USA is making its presence felt in Rio.

Michelle Vitess of Cherry Hill, New York scored the team’s first goal in the 24th minute of the second quarter.

In the third period, Pennsylvania’s Katie Bam of Blue Bell gave USA it’s second goal when she sent a shot into the net, which rebounded but was popped in by Caitlin Van Sickle of Willmington, Delaware.

Australia finally got on the board in the final quarter on an open net shot by the Hockeyroo’s Kathryn Slattery but that it wasn’t enough and team USA got its second victory.

The USA next competes against Japan on Wednesday at 4:00pm ET.

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