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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: July 31, 2012
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July 31, 2012

LONDON - The United States women's field hockey team earned their first every victory over Argentina in the Olympics on Tuesday in a stunning 1-0 fashion at Riverbank Arena.

Former ODU star and 2006 CAA Player of the Year Caroline Nichols played in 47 minutes of Sunday's match. The United States struck just before halftime as Shannon Taylor scored what would be the only goal of the game in the 28th minute of action. Michelle Vittese had the assist for the Americans.

Argentina, who was 3-0-1 all-time against the United States in Olympic action before Tuesday, scored seven goals in their Olympic opener on Sunday in a 7-1 thrashing of South Africa. American goalkeeper Amy Tran Swensen had three saves. 

The Americans advanced to the Olympics by stunning Argentina, 4-2, in last year's final at the Pan American Games. In an exhibition series in Virginia last month between the two teams, they went 1-1-2. In the 2-1 victory by the U.S. at Old Dominion on June 20, Nichols had the game-winning goal.

Returning to action on Thursday, the United States (1-1) takes on Australia (0-1) at 5:45 a.m. (ET) on NBC Sports Network. For updated results and schedule, visit


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