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Women's Rugby Team Advances To Quarterfinals In Olympic Debut

By Craig Bohnert | Aug. 07, 2016, 1:44 p.m. (ET)

Victoria Folayan carries the ball under pressure against Emilee Cherry of Australia during the women's rugby match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on Aug. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


The U.S. women's rugby sevens team scored a 12-12 draw against Australia Sunday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium to close out preliminary play in Pool A with a 1-1-1 record.

The No. 1 team in the world rugby sevens series standings, Australia opened the scoring with a try at 3:42 in the first half for a 5-0 score that stood through halftime. Jessica Javelet came on for the U.S. at the start of the second half and made her presence felt, scoring a try 1:56 into the second half to level the score. Bui Baravilala tallied a conversion at 2:19 to put the U.S. up 7-5. Javelet added to the lead with her second try at 4:02 for a 12-5 score, but Australia answered in the waning seconds with a try and conversion for the 12-12 final.

With the result, the Americans finish third in Pool A and now face Pool B winner New Zealand in the quarterfinal round at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

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