Women's Junior National Team

USA Junior Women Tie Spain 9-9 To Finish Group Play At Junior World Championships


Amanda Longan blocked a penalty shot with three seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
Sept. 5, 2017

Volos, Greece - September 5 - The USA Women's Junior National Team closed out group play at the FINA Junior World Championships with a thrilling 9-9 tie with Spain. Amanda Longan's penalty shot block with three seconds to play preserved the result. Lexi Liebowitz, Ava Johnson and Bayley Weber led the scoring with two goals each while Longan added 13 saves in net. Due to goal differential Team USA takes second place in Group D headed into quarterfinal qualification action. Team USA awaits their next opponent to be determined on Wednesday. Live streaming is available by clicking here. To watch a replay of USA-Spain, click here. For more information on the tournament, visit Volos2017.com 

Team USA went ahead early on a Weber goal only to see Spain score two straight to lead 2-1 with 1:25 left in the period. Val Ayala and Ryann Neushul then teamed up to score goals with less than a minute to play to give the United States a 3-2 lead after the first quarter.

Johnson and Liebowtiz scored the first two goals on the second quarter to give the United States their largest lead of the game at 5-2 with 1:40 to go in the half. Spain responded with two straight goals and it was just a 5-4 game at intermission. In the third quarter Team USA kept the lead outscoring Spain 2-1 on tallies from Liebowtiz and Weber for a 7-5 lead going to the fourth.

Spain battled back scoring the first two of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:10 to play. After the two sides traded goals the score was tied at 8-8 with 2:01 to play. Spain retook the lead for the first time since the first quarter on a score with :28 left to go up 9-8. Team USA was able to respond as Denise Mammolito delivered on a power play goal with just :15 left in the game. That set the stage for Longan's heroics. Team USA was called for a penalty with just three seconds left in the match and Longan was there to deny the shot attempt ending the game in a tie. 

Team USA went 4/10 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Spain was 5/11 on power plays and 1/3 on penalty shots. 

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 9 (3, 2, 1, 3) B. Weber 2, A. Johnson 2, L. Liebowitz 2, V. Ayala 1, R. Neushul 1, S. Klass 1
ESP 9 (2, 2, 2, 3)
Saves - USA - A. Longan 13
6x5 - USA - 4/10 - ESP - 5/11
Penalties - USA - 1/1 - ESP - 1/3 

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