The United States women’s field hockey team may have just pulled off the biggest upset during Day One of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Four years after finishing last at the 2012 London Games, Team USA completed a 2-1 upset over medal favorite Argentina in the first game of pool play Saturday. American goals were scored by Katie Reinprecht and Michelle Kasold. Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, is also a member of this year’s U.S. Olympic field hockey team.
Argentina entered the Olympics ranked No. 2 in the world in field hockey. The United States hasn’t earned a medal in field hockey since winning the bronze in 1984.
This year’s Team USA features several players with Washington-area ties. Forwards Jill Witmer and Katie Bam and defender Ali Campbell all played at Maryland, midfielder Michelle Vittese and forward Paige Selenski are Virginia alums and defender Ali Froede is a Lake Braddock alum from Burke, Va.