US women's field hockey tops India, could top pool
Aug 13 2016 by Marjorie Miles
They got off to a strong start by knocking off No. 2 Argentina and No. 3 Australia in their first two matches.
Katie Bam scored three goals to lead the USA team, which is well on its way to atoning for its last-place finish at the 2012 Games in London. Now, the Americans can focus on their showdown with Britain.
"Katie's a prolific goal scorer and has been for many years", USA coach Craig Parnham said. I thought we did a really good job and a professional job, of picking up another three points.
Because of goal differential, the United States would win the pool with a draw. Beating No. 10 Japan was a different type of challenge. "It's easy to step up and play the people that are ranked higher than you".
Through four games in Rio, the USA has now outscored its opponents 13-3.
With two minutes left before halftime, the U.S ran another tricky play on a penalty corner attempt that had Katie Reinprecht taking the shot - and scoring.
After a slow start offensively by both teams, Bam's fourth goal since the team arrived in Rio de Janeiro put the US on top with 1:12 to play in the first quarter.