Olympics women’s field hockey just finished its quarterfinal stage with the US team dreams of a medal at the Olympics getting shattered with Germany beating them 2-1. The Americans were never really favorites in the field hockey event, but wins over field hockey giants Argentina (no. 2) and Australia (no. 3), showed that the US team could stand their ground in the sport.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done; it has been a great journey,” said U.S. women’s field hockey team head coach Craig Parnham in a statement. “The players have given everything they got. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for. ‘Incredibly proud’ would be the adjective here.”
The US team has also experienced a lot of development over the years, coming from tenth place in the world rankings, to fifth place. The team qualified for Rio last year where they beat Argentina at the Pan American Games, and then won a bronze medal at the 2016 Champions Trophy in London.
“We came into the tournament hopeful of getting on the podium but were unable to achieve that,” added coach Parnham. “I’m so proud of what this team has done over the past 3 1/2 years and the strength of the program will only continue to grow. Hopefully we inspired a few Americans to get into the sport and pick a stick.”
Great Britain, who also beat team USA during group play in Rio, was the other team to reach the semifinals, beating Spain 3-1. The comfortable win was opened with a penalty corner by the Brits, followed by goals from 25-year-old Georgie Twigg and team captain Helen Richardson-Walsh.
Netherlands capped off the day of field hockey action winning over Argentina 3-2 in their quarterfinal match. This secures their semifinal spot against Germany which will also be played on Wednesday. The Olympics women’s field hockey finals will be played Friday.
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