Germany holds off United States in a 2-1 defeat
Germany held off the United States to earn a 2-1 victory and a place in the semifinal round.
"We're just right where we wanted to be from the beginning on, and now we have two chances to win a medal," Germany defender Nika Lorenz said.
The Germans established their tempo right from the start with two first quarter goals.
Marie Mavers scored her first goal in the Olympic tournament off of a second chance opportunity. She caught U.S. goalkeeper Jackie Briggs in a spot she couldn’t recover from, and the goal went just past her reach.
At the end of the first, a shot by Lisa Altenburg soared high over Briggs’ head and into the cage.
Team USA could not get anything going its way in the first half. Katie Reinprecht almost put the U.S. on the board, but the goal was disallowed after footage showed Reinprecht put the ball into the cage with her body.
Germany owned the time of possession once again in the second half. The U.S. had trouble connecting on its passes, and the Germans took advantage.
Briggs came up with some huge saves down the stretch to prevent Germany from increasing its lead and keeping Team USA in the game, particularly in the fourth quarter during two penalty corner plays.
However Team USA was racing against the clock, feeling the pressure of Germany’s two-goal lead as they desperately tried to get anything that would shift the momentum.
With four minutes left in play, the U.S. got what it was looking for. A shot by Katelyn Falgowski delfected off of a Germany defender, giving her the score that cut Germany’s lead in half.
With new life, Team USA attacked the goal with minutes left on the clock but could not manage to overcome Germany’s lead.
The Germans would take home the victory and move on to the semifinal match, ending the United States’ run for a medal.
"We came into the tournament hopeful of getting onto the podium," United States coach Craig Parnham said. "We've not been able to do that. I'm really proud of what this team has done here, and what we've done over the past 3 ½ years."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.