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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australians Keep Streak With Gold

ATLANTA -- The streak remains alive. More important, the Australian women's hockey team has won another Olympic gold medal.


Alyson Annan scored two goals Thursday night as the Aussies beat South Korea 3-1, extending their unbeaten streak in tournament competition to 40 matches dating back to last year.


Eight years ago, the Aussies beat the South Koreans 2-0 in Seoul to win the Olympic title. This time, it was Australia who had the crowd on its side, even if they were playing a long way from home.


"In Seoul, we didn't really have a lot of pressure," said Australian forward Jackie Pereira, a member of both gold medal-winning teams. "Today, we really wanted gold because we thought we deserved it. We wouldn't have been satisfied with anything else."


Many in the crowd of about 15,000 at Morris Brown College were boisterous in support of Australia. Some acted as designated yell leaders, leading the fans in organized cheers and songs.


Six men, in particular, were big supporters, appearing shirtless with one large letter painted on the chest of each, spelling out "A-U-S-S-I-E." Several others had the country's colors of green and gold painted on their faces, and many waved miniature Australian flags.


Annan scored her second goal in the 44th minute, converting a penalty stroke to break a 1-1 tie. A goal by Katrina Powell in the 63rd minute clinched the victory.


The Netherlands earned the bronze medal earlier in the day over Britain, 4-3 on penalty strokes after a 0-0 draw.