London, England (Sports Network) - On a day that the United States women's field hockey team gave up more goals than it had the entire tournament, pool play concluded Monday and four teams advanced to the semifinals.
The U.S. is not one of those teams. It finished at the bottom of Pool B after getting drilled by South Africa 7-0. The Americans had allowed just six goals in going 1-3 prior to the loss.
"I'm really proud of this team. We've been through a lot. Each game we really competed. Other than today, the scorelines have been super close," summarized American Katie Reinprecht. "I think we've competed with some of the best teams in the world. It's a matter of learning how to win and I think this team's young and we'll learn how to grow the more and more we play together."
New Zealand is one of four teams advancing as it moves to the semis for the first time since women's field hockey became an Olympic sport in 1980. New Zealand finished second in Pool B behind Argentina. Australia matched the two teams with 10 points, but had the lowest goal differential.
Defending Olympic champion Netherlands won Pool A with a 5-0 mark, while Great Britain finished second and two points ahead of China, the 2008 silver medalists.
08/06 18:35:19 ET