Aug. 10, 2008
BEIJING, China – The USA women’s field hockey team picked up a point after tying Argentina, 2-2, in the opening game of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. The Americans were down early in the game, but scored two unanswered goals, including one by former Terrapin Keli Smith, to earn the tie.
Facing the second-ranked team in the world and the 2007 Pan American Games champion, the United States found themselves down 2-0 to the Argentines just 12 minutes into the match. But Keli Smith (Selinsgove, Pa.), who was an All-American from 1998-2000 while at Maryland, scored after a penalty corner to cut the deficit in half 18 minutes into the game. Smith deflected Rachel Dawson’s penalty corner shot into the back of the net to give the U.S. its first goal of the contest.
The 2-1 score held up until the 64th minute, when Smith’s teammate, Angie Loy, knocked in the equalizer. The U.S. is ranked 11th in the nation. The Americans had a chance to earn the win and three points, drawing a penalty corner in the final minute of regulation, but could not convert on the opportunity as time wound down and the U.S. had to settle for the tie.
The U.S. defense had to fend off 12 Argentine penalty corners, allowing them to convert on just one of those opportunities. Former Terps Lauren Powley (Mountaintop, Pa.) and Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) also played significant minutes to help clinch the tie.
The U.S. returns to action on Tuesday, August 21 facing Japan, who is ranked sixth in the world. The game will be televised on USA and USA HD. All field hockey games will be webcast live on www.nbcolympics.com. Check local listings for channel and times.