By Associated Press | Aug. 15, 2016, 2:05 p.m. (ET)

Kelsey Kolojejchick moves the ball past Julia Muller of Germany in the quarterfinal field hockey game at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre on Aug. 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


RIO DE JANEIRO -- Germany has defeated the United States 2-1 in the women's field hockey quarterfinals.

Germany's Marie Mavers opened the scoring Monday with a goal midway through the first period. Lisa Altenburg knocked in a backhanded shot high over USA goalie Jackie Briggs to put Germany up 2-0 late in the first.

The Americans came up empty on a penalty corner with two minutes left in the third period. Katelyn Falgowski's goal with 3:54 remaining gave the Americans a chance, but the Germans held on.

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The United States failed to medal after a strong start. The Americans beat No. 2 Argentina and No. 3 Australia in their first two matches at the Games, then beat Japan and India to take the lead in their pool.

The United States led their final pool play match against Britain heading into the fourth period before losing 2-1.