By Associated Press | Aug. 10, 2016, 6:07 p.m. (ET)

Caitlin van Sickle #28, Lauren Crandall #27, Katelyn Falgowski #23, Jill Witmer #10 and Kelsey Kolojejchick #7 celebrate a goal as Karri Mcmahon #11 of Australia walks away during a women's pool B match on day three of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre on Aug. 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


The United States women's field hockey team advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals after defeating Japan 6-1.
Melissa Gonzalez scored on a penalty corner 21 seconds into the match to set the tone on a rainy Wednesday evening. Katie Bam scored the first of her three goals four minutes later.

Katie Reinprecht scored late in the second period to make it 3-0 at halftime. Jill Witmer scored for the United States in the third period, and Bam scored twice in the fourth.

The Americans improved to 3-0 and moved to the top of Pool B by moving ahead of Britain in goal differential.

The United States will face India on Thursday and will close pool play with a showdown against Britain on Saturday.