Taylor's Olympic debut ends in loss to Germany

James River graduate Shannon Taylor made her Olympic debut on Sunday with the USA Field Hockey team, and while she was happy to get out onto the field in London, she had hoped for a different ending.

The Americans lost to Germany, 2-1, in their first game of pool play.  The Germans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half.  USA made a comeback attempt in the second half, as Lauren Crandall scored on a penalty shot to cut the lead to 2-1, but that's as close as it would get.

Taylor played 52 minutes and missed both of her shot attempts.  She and Team USA will take on Argentina on Tuesday.

Some of Taylor's former teammates and coaches gathered to watch her Olympic debut.  James River head coach Slade Gormus is holding watch parties at her home for every one of Team USA's games.  Gormus coached Taylor for her final two years of high school.

NBC's coverage of the Olympics continues Monday, with swimming being featured in prime time coverage.  Ryan Lochte goes for his second gold medal in the 200 meter freestyle.  Be sure to join our NBC12 Facebook Watch Party and chat with our expert, University of Richmond swimming coach Matt Barany.  That will get going at 8:00pm.

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