Men's Junior National Team

USA Junior Men Finish Group Play 3-1 After 15-3 Victory Over Iran At FINA Junior World Championships


Aug. 9, 2017

Belgrade, Serbia - The USA Men's Junior National Team finished group play 3-1 at the FINA Junior World Championships after a 15-3 victory over Iran. Hannes Daube scored five goals, including the first in each quarter, in the victory with Alex Wolf recording 11 saves. Team USA moves on the quarterfinal qualification round to take on Canada at 10:40am et/7:40am pt. The match will stream live on the Water Polo Serbia Facebook page and can be accessed by clicking here. To watch a full replay of the USA-Iran match, click here. For more information on the tournament, click here

Team USA took the lead early in this one and never let it go as Daube put the squad ahead 1-0 with 4:18 to play in the first quarter. Johnny Hooper followed with a goal and then Jacob Cavano added two straight for a 4-0 advantage with time winding down in the first quarter. Iran added a late goal in the period but the United States took a 4-1 lead into the second quarter. 

The two teams traded goals to begin the second period starting with another score from Daube. Ahead 5-2 it was Tyler Abramson, Nick Bisconti and Daube scoring three in a row to grab an 8-2 advantage approaching halftime. Again Iran would score late in the period but Team USA held an 8-3 lead at the intermission. 

In the second half the United States took complete control holding Iran scoreless while piling up seven more goals. In the third quarter Daube again started with a score while Jake Ehrhardt added two goals as a part of a five goal output in the period and Team USA went ahead 13-3 going to the fourth. Daube opened the final eight minutes with a goal, Ash Molthen tacked on a score late and Team USA cruised to a 15-3 win. 

Team USA went 6/9 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Iran was 1/8 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 15 (4, 4, 5, 2) H. Daube 5, J. Ehrhardt 2, J. Cavano 2, A. Molthen 2, T. Abramson 2, J. Hooper 1, N. Bisconti 1
IRN 3 (1, 2, 0, 0)
Saves - USA - A. Wolf 11
6x5 - USA - 6/9 - IRN - 1/8
Penalties - USA - 1/1 - IRN - 0/0 

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