|August 10th, 2012|
|35||11/12||8:30am||BEL - USA||2 - 1 (1 - 1)||Final|
(11th-12th) Belgium vs. USA: 2-1 (half-time: 1-1)
The USA were quick off the mark and Paige Selenski opened the scoring in the 7th minute of play, shooting after a decisive circle penetration then coolly picking up the clearance from a defender to slam it in the roof of the net.
Charlotte de Vos had a strong shot on goal soon after but it was well paraded by Amy Tran-Swensen in the American goal, before Alix Gerniers capped a period of Belgian domination with a swift run around the USA defense and a sudden reverse shot past Tran for the equalizer.
The USA had a series of penalty-corners and tried various strikers but the half-time break was reached with the score tied at 1-1.
In second period, both teams decided to play an open attacking game for their last appearance on the Olympic scene and goalkeepers were called into action at both ends. Shannon Taylor thought that she had scored for the USA but a Belgian video-referral proved that there was a foul, and it was Erica Coppey who finally broke the deadlock for Belgium, finding the ball in a furious goalmouth scramble that followed a messed-up penalty-corner.
Desperate to tie the score, the USA replaced their goal-keeper with an additional field player with 8 minutes to go, an unusual move. Their gambit nearly backfired on the first Belgium attack before kicking-back Lauren Crandall managed to clear her circle. However, even with the additional player, they never managed to pressure enough a Belgian defense throwing everything in the ring to protect their narrow lead.
Belgium, the Cinderella of the competition, finished 11th for their first Olympic appearance. They were never outplayed and surprised many observers when they tied much higher ranked China (0-0) and Japan (1-1).
The USA finished with the wooden spoon; they were certainly hoping for a better conclusion, especially after defeating World Champions Argentina (1-0) on the second day of Olympic competition.
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:22 am||Match for 11th-12th between Belgium and the USA just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:22 am||Umpires for BEL vs. USA are Elena ESKINA (RUS) and Irene PRESENQUI (ARG)|
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:22 am||Both BEL and USA teams finished 6th in their pool|
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:23 am||USA are ranked 10th in the FIH World Rankings, Belgium are 16th|
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:28 am||USA won against Argentina (1-0) on the 2nd day of the Olympic competition, Belgium tied with China (0-0) and Japan (1-1)|
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:37 am||Paige Selenski opens the scoring for the USA, picking up the clearance from a defender to slam the ball in the roof of the net|
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:37 am||BEL-USA 0-1 after 7 minutes of play|
|August 10th, 2012 at 2:50 am||Alix Gerniers equalizes for BEL in the 20th. BEL-USA 1-1|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:06 am||Half-time. Score tied 1-1 between Belgium and USA for 11th-12th|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:32 am||Shannon Taylor (USA) thought that she had scored but a Belgian video-referral showed that there was a foul. BEL-USA 1-1|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:35 am||Erica Coppey scores for BEL after a furious goalmouth scramble. BEL-USA 2-1 with 17 minutes to go|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:43 am||Green card for USA Captain Lauren Crandall for stick tackling|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:43 am||BEL-USA 2-1 with 10 minutes to go now|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:44 am||Green card for Emilie Sinia (BEL)|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:46 am||Judith VANDERMEIREN (Belgium) is turning 18 today. Happy birthday!|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:47 am||USA replace their goal-keeper with an additional field player with 8 minutes to go! They are desperate to tie the score.|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:48 am||Their gambit nearly backfires on the 1st Belgium attack, but kicking-back Lauren Crandall manages to clear|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:53 am||Yellow card for Kayla Bashore Smedley (USA)|
|August 10th, 2012 at 3:55 am||Game over! Belgium, the Cinderella of the competition, finish 11th, leaving the wooden spoon to the USA|