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U.S. Field Hockey Falls to Australia

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 10:18 AM PDT
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Emily Smith of Australia competes during the Women's Hockey preliminary match between Australia and United States on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Riverbank Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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The United States Olympic Field Hockey Team’s hopes of advancing to the medal round took a big hit Thursday morning as they lost to Australia 1-0 in group play.

The Aussies out-muscled and outplayed the Americans for much of the game out shooting the U.S. 14-7.

The U.S. team, which trains at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, had its chances especially in the first half when Lauren Crandall missed a penalty stroke that would have put America up 1-0. About four minutes later Anna Flanagan scored from a penalty corner to put the Aussies up for good.

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The Americans have struggled to score throughout the Olympics managing just two goals so far in three games.

The loss dropped the Americans back in Group B likely needing wins in their remaining games against South Africa and New Zealand to have any chance at finishing in the Top 2 of the group. They get their chance to make that happen Saturday when the play New Zealand.
 

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