Dutch Women's Field Hockey Advances To Gold-Medal Match On Thrilling Penalty Shots

The Netherlands women's field hockey team advanced to the gold-medal match with an overtime win over New Zealand. It was the first-ever Olympic field hockey match decided on penalty shots.

The game was tied, 2-2, after regulation. Two extra-time, golden-goal periods couldn't break the tie. So it went to penalty shots. In field hockey, each of five players for both teams has eight seconds to score in a one-on-one with the goalie.

The Dutch struck first, with a nifty fake-out by Naomi van As. Down 1-0, New Zealand answered on their second attempt with a blast from Stacey Michelsen. After that, it was all-Dutch as they scored on their third and fifth attempts to seal the win. The final penalty-shots score: 3-1.

Out lesbian captain Maartje Paumen scored both of the Netherlands' equalizing goals in regulation, answering the Kiwis each time they scored. As we've written extensively, Paumen is only one of four out lesbians on the team, making it the "gayest" team in the Olympics. The others are Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel and Kim Lammers.

Netherlands now awaits the winner of Argentina and Great Britain. The Dutch remain the only undefeated, untied team in remaining; The Brits have not yet lost, but they tied twice in group play.