United States' Katie Bam, right, fights for the ball with Japan's Ayaka Nishimura. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The United States women’s field hockey team put on a record-setting show Wednesday night.

The Americans rolled past Japan 6-1 and broke their record for most goals in an Olympic match. The Americans had never scored more than four goals at the Games in 30 previous matches -- they scored four against Canada in 1984 and New Zealand in 2008.

Katie Bam scored three goals against Japan to tie the single-match record Beth Anders set against Canada in the program's first-ever Olympic contest back in 1984.

The United States clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with the win over Japan. The Americans play India on Thursday night before closing out pool play against Britain.


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