USA Field Hockey: Americans Finish 12th After Classification Loss To Belgium

It was a rough Olympics for America's representatives on the artificial turf at Riverbank Arena, as the U.S. women's field hockey squad lost a classification match Friday to finish winless in London.

After going 1-4 in group play, they were matched up against Belgium on Friday to battle for a better place in the world rankings. Although the United States scored first on a goal from Paige Selenski, they couldn't hold on, with Belgium striking twice to take a 2-1 victory and the 11th spot in the 12-team field hockey tournament.

The United States wasn't far from faring significantly better at the Olympics: of the six matches they played, five were decided by one goal. But they got the short end of the stick in four of the five matches, with the lone win coming against Argentina in a shocking upset. Argentina finished 3-1-1 in group play and meets the Netherlands on Friday night in the gold medal match.

The U.S. leaves London with a 1-5 record and hoping for a better performance in four years in Rio.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.

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