Women's Junior National Team

USA Junior Women Outlast Spain 17-16; Friday's Match To Be Webcast Live At 8:30AM PT


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Aug. 19, 2015

Volos, Greece - August 19 - The USA Women's Junior National Team won their third straight match and took first place in their group at the FINA Junior World Championships, but it wasn't easy. Aria Fischer scored four goals and Jamie Neushul scored the eventual game winner with 15 seconds to play to pick up the victory. Amanda Longan went the distance in net recording nine saves. A combined 41 exclusions were called in the match fouling out four USA athletes leaving goalkeeper Emalia Eichleberger to play the field in the final moments of the match. With first place in the group secured, Team USA now earns a bye tomorrow and advances to the quarterfinals on Friday against Brazil at 8:30am pt. The match will be webcast live via FINA TV and can be seen by clicking here.  

Team USA got off to a quick start in this match with goals from Mary Brooks and Fischer to go ahead 2-0 in the opening ninety seconds. Spain rallied to tie the match at 2-2 setting the tone for what would be a back and forth match throughout. Judith Forca scored four goals in the period for Spain to help her team take a 6-5 lead after the first period. Andrea Gonzalez scored early in the second quarter for Spain to give them their largest lead at 8-5 before Team USA began to battle back. 

Emily Loughlin and Neushul scored to make it 8-7 in favor of Spain with 4:43 to play in the first half. Spain went ahead 9-7 but the rest of the quarter belonged to Team USA. Alexis Liebowitz and Fischer connected to tie the match at 9-9 and then Makenzie Barr found the net with just four seconds left to give Team USA a 10-9 lead going into halftime. 

The United States kept up the offensive attack in the third quarter building their lead to 13-9 with 3:53 to go in the period. Fischer, Neushul, and Tara Prentice all scored to push the advantage to four. Spain scored two of the next three goals to close out the third period trailing 14-11. 

Both teams continued to score into the fourth quarter but after Brooks scored her second of the day, Team USA went ahead 16-13 with 5:11 to play. Spain rallied with two straight goals to close within one at 16-15 with 2:19 to go in the match. Neushul's goal with just 15 seconds left sealed the deal for Team USA as they went up 17-15. A goal with three seconds left from Spain's Beatriz Ortiz brought the match back to one goal at 17-16 but it would get no closer. 

Team USA went 11/20 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Spain was 10/19 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots. 

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 17 (5, 5, 4, 3) A. Fischer 4, J. Neushul 3, M. Barr 3, M. Brooks 2, T. Prentice 1, E. Loughlin 1, J. Raney 1, A. Liebowitz 1, S. Mutafayan 1
ESP 16 (6, 3, 2, 5) J. Forca 4, B. Ortiz 4, I. Gonzalez 3, A. Gonzalez 2, M. Cordobes 2, P. Crespi 1
Saves - USA - A. Longan 9
5x4 - USA 11/20 - ESP 10/19
Penalties - USA - 1/1 - ESP 1/1

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