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Rio Olympics: United States eliminated by Germany in field hockey quarterfinals

The USA's Michelle Kasold leaves the pitch as

The USA's Michelle Kasold leaves the pitch as Germany's players celebrate at the end of the women's quarterfinal field hockey USA vs Germany match of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Germany has defeated the United States 2-1 in the women’s field hockey quarterfinals.

Germany’s Marie Mavers opened the scoring Monday with a goal midway through the first period. Lisa Altenburg knocked in a backhanded shot high over USA goalie Jackie Briggs to put Germany up 2-0 late in the first.

The Americans came up empty on a penalty corner with two minutes left in the third period. Katelyn Falgowski’s goal with 3:54 remaining gave the Americans a chance, but the Germans held on.

The United States failed to medal after a strong start. The Americans beat No. 2 Argentina and No. 3 Australia in their first two matches at the Games, then beat Japan and India to take the lead in their pool.

The United States led their final pool play match against Britain heading into the fourth period before losing 2-1.

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