The U.S. women’s rugby team tied with top-seeded Australia, 12-12, on Sunday. Both teams finished high enough in Pool A to advance to the quarterfinals.
Australia went into halftime leading 5-0, despite losing Ellia Green, who is considered the fastest woman in rugby, when she was injured by a high hit about 30 seconds into the match. She did not return to the match.
Jessica Javelet gave the U.S. all of its offense, using her speed to score back-to-back tries midway through the second half. But in extra time, Australia scored a try and a conversion to tie score and prevent the upset.
This is the inaugural Olympic women’s rugby sevens tournament. The sport was last played at the Olympics in 1924, when the men played the 15-a-side version of the sport.