Women's Senior National Team

USA Women Earn Bye To World Championship Quarters With 22-7 Win Over New Zealand

Team USA earned a bye into the quarterfinals after defeating New Zealand today
July 20, 2017

Budapest, Hungary - July 20 - The USA Women's National Team sprinted past New Zealand 22-7 to claim the Group B crown with a 3-0 record earning a bye into the quarterfinals at the FINA World Championships. 10 different players found the back of the net led by Maggie Steffens' (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC) five goals. Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford/SD Shores) and Amanda Longan (Moorpark, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805) combined for four saves in net in the win. The match will air later today on delay on Olympic Channel at 6pm et/3pm pt. Team USA resumes play on Monday, July 24 in the quarterfinals against an opponent to be determined. More information will be made available at USAWaterPolo.org. 

Team USA controlled the match from the start getting out to a 4-0 lead in the first on goals from four different scorers before going up 6-2 after the first.  Ahead 7-3 with 6:20 to go in the second quarter, Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/CdM Aquatics) scored three straight goals to build the lead to 10-3. The United States would build a 12-3 lead at halftime and continue to score at a rapid rate in the second half. 

Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET) scored to open the third to make it 13-3. Ahead 15-5 later in the period it would be Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS/SET) scoring two goals in the span of a minute to push the advantage to 17-5. It was 18-5 after three periods and Steffens came calling again in the fourth to make it a 19-5 lead. With 3:48 left in the game Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) drilled a power play strike for a 20-5 margin and the group title had been all but confirmed. 

New Zealand added a couple of late goals but it was fitting that Steffens finished things off scoring her fifth goal with just seven seconds to play to seal the deal. Team USA went 7/10 on power plays while New Zealand scored the bulk of their offense on the advantage going 5/9. Neither side attempted a penalty.

For complete World Championships results, click here.

USA 22 (6, 6, 6, 4) M. Steffens 5, M. Musselman 4, R. Fattal 2, J. Raney 2, K. Neushul 2, M. Fischer 2, A. Fischer 2, A. Williams 1, P. Hauschild 1, J. Neushul 1
NZL 7 (2, 1, 2, 2) B. Pye 2, E. Stoneman 2, K. Hudson 1, K. Mason 1, C. Lopes da Silva 1
Saves - USA - A. Longan 4, G. Stone 0 - NZL - J. Milichich 4, A. Young 2
6x5 - USA - 7/10 - NZL - 5/9
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - NZL - 0/0




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