USA earns another draw in field hockey

Aug. 12, 2008, 7:49 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) The United States and Japan played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday in Olympic women's field hockey.

The Americans, who haven't won a medal since 1984, earned their second straight tie against a top five-ranked team and continued to play above their No. 11 ranking. The U.S. played to a 2-2 draw against No. 2 Argentina on Sunday.

Japan is 1-0-1 in pool play after the tie.

Japan scored first when Kaori Chiba deflected a long pass by Sakae Morimoto 12 minutes into the match.

The U.S. threatened late in the first half, but a shot from in close by Kate Barber bounced off the right post, and Japan took the one-goal lead into halftime.

Barber missed wide left in the 46th minute, but finally got it right in the 58th minute on a shot that slowly rolled into the goal to tie the score.

Both goalies made saves in the final three minutes to preserve the tie.