In its second game of pool play, Team USA will take on another tough opponent in No. 3 world-ranked Australia.
These two teams last met in the 2016 Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy. With a bronze medal at stake, the U.S. took Australia down to the wire in a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation. Team USA pulled off a victory in the shootout. Goalkeeper Jackie Briggs came up with huge stops, allowing Melissa Gonzalez to seal the win with her goal.
Australia will certainly look to avenge the loss, but more importantly they will look to avoid another upset in pool play. Great Britain defeated the Hockeyroos 2-1 on day one of competition.
Meanwhile, Team USA is coming fresh off the better end of an upset. The U.S. defeated medal-favorite Argentina 2-1 behind goals from Katie Reinprecht and Michelle Kasold.
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, which can be done if they limit the number of opportunities Australia has at earning penalty corners. Kenny is the team’s best when it comes to corners.
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.
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