Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

AUS V USA ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

AUS
1 - 0
USA

Match Review AUS - USA 1-0

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
AUS 33 9 FLANAGAN Anna PC 1 - 0

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
USA 10 14 REINPRECHT Katie G

USA


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 BARTLEMA Stella
Umpire 2 IPARRAGUIRRE Soledad
Reserve Umpire STEWART Wendy
Judge 1 PETITJEAN Sylvie
Judge 2 SHIN Jung Hee
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Anna Flanagan provided the spectacular winner to keep Australia’s comeback on track and bring a semi-final berth very much into focus as they saw off USA in Pool B. The Americans will rue Lauren Crandall’s missed penalty stroke just before Flanagan netted her second goal of the tournament in the 33rd minute, the defining moments of a thoroughly entertaining tie.

A lively first period swung from end to end as Katie Reinprecht prompted the US attacks while Jade Close was a constant thorn down the right wing for Australia.Two Flanagan drag-flicks went close while Emily Smith and Megan Rivers were unable to pull the trigger after a delightful interchange into the circle.

Madonna Blyth was forced to pick off a diving tackle to deny Katie O’Donnell before Ashleigh Nelson was set free down the right but her shot skipped across the face of goal.USA’s big moment came when Rachel Dawson – on her birthday – cracked goalward only to his Jodie Schulz’s foot on the line. A stroke was awarded but Crandall’s effort – in the 28th minute – was brilliantly saved by Toni Cronk with the bottom of her glove onto the post. And they were duly punished as Flanagan set the radar for the top corner and this time was on the mark for a 33rd minute lead.

The second half was equally open but, despite some superb creative phases of play, Australia were unable to apply the finishing coat to their artwork while the US always had a spring in their step. Michelle Kasold’ rasping effort thudded into Cronk’s chest with the pick of their chances before Australia produced some glittering hockey. The move of the match saw Georgia Nanscawen twice involved to swivel and beat one player before finding Casey Eastham on the baseline. Her square ball was met with power by Kate Jenner but Amy Swensen got down low to deny the first time effort.

Soon after, Megan Rivers – in her 200th international match – slipped a chance wide from another swift move. The slender margin was put to the test late on when Michelle Gonzalez drew a save from Cronk with a powerful reverse. Despite the late pressure, Australia held on for a second win to add to the defeat of Germany, keeping their semi-final hopes in tact while majorly denting those of the US.

  • Match 14
  • Date Thu, 2 Aug 2012
  • Time 10:45
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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