,BEIJING -- Keli Smith scored in the opening minute and the U.S. women's field hockey team defeated New Zealand 4-1 on Saturday for its first win at the Olympics.

Smith's goal 39 seconds into the game was scored on her team's first attack. The victory kept the Americans in contention for a berth in the medal round with one game remaining in pool play.

Angela Loy scored in the 12th minute to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead, which it maintained until halftime.

New Zealand's Joanne Galletly scored less than two minutes into the second half, but the U.S. countered quickly, with another goal by Smith in the 42nd minute and a final goal by Kayla Bashore in the 47th.

The margin of victory was important because goal differential is a tiebreaker. The U.S. improved to 1-1-2.

New Zealand remained winless, but this was its worst defeat. New Zealand's previous losses, to Germany, Japan and Britain, had been by 2-1 scores.


BEIJING (AP) -- Americans Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, squeaking by Switzerland in three sets 21-16, 21-23, 15-13.

Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider took a 6-0 lead in the final set Saturday, but the reigning world champions tied it 7-7 and then went ahead 13-10. After missing on their first match point, Rogers eased the ball into an open corner for the win.

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