US faces South Africa in final preliminary match

Aug. 05, 2012, 4:17 p.m. (ET)
U.S. faces South Africa in final preliminary match

LONDON – The U.S. will face South Africa in the final match of the preliminary rounds at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, August 6, at Riverbank Arena in London’s Olympic Park. The match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and at 5:45 a.m. ET.

The U.S. had had high hopes of contending for a medal in London, but their Olympic dream was shattered Saturday night, when New Zealand walked away with a 3-2 victory. 

South Africa is ranked No. 12 in the world and considered the underdogs of Pool B. They have struggled to secure a victory in the preliminary rounds and with a record of 0-0-4 are ranked last in their pool. South African striker Piete Coetzee holds the women’s hockey world record for goals, with more than 230 in her illustrious career and will be a scoring threat for the U.S. tomorrow. Both teams will be looking to finish their Olympic campaign on a high note.

Argentina, Australia and New Zealand are even with nine points apiece in Pool B, tallying three wins and one loss. However, Argentina leads the pool on goal differential, after recording a total of ten goals during a dominating performance over South Africa and Germany.

The Netherlands lead Pool A with twelve points, followed by Great Britain and China. The teams advancing to the semi-finals will be solidified tomorrow after the conclusion of pool play. 

Monday, August 6 preliminary competitions:

Germany vs New Zealand 
Pool B – 8:30 a.m.

South Africa vs USA ** Live on NBC Sports Network
Pool B – 10:45 a.m.

China vs Japan
Pool A – 1:45 p.m.

Belgium vs Korea 
Pool A – 4:00 p.m.

Netherlands vs Great Britain 
Pool A – 7:30 p.m.

Australia vs Argentina
Pool B – 9:15 p.m.

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