Women's Senior National Team

USA Women Advance To FINA World Championships Semifinals With 7-5 Win Over Australia

Melissa Seidemann scored a goal in the win over Australia
July 24, 2017

Budapest, Hungary - July 24 - The USA Women's National Team will once again play for a medal at the FINA World Championships, advancing in the 2017 edition with a hard fought 7-5 win over Australia. Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/CdM Aquatics) and Jordan Raney (Manhattan Beach, CA/Stanford/HBWPC) scored two goals each in the victory. Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford/SD Shores) played big in net turning aside seven shots. Team USA will now meet Russia in the semifinals on Wednesday at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt. The match will air LIVE on Olympic Channel and stream on Olympic Channel here

Playing through a driving rain accompanied by occassional thunder and lighting the Alfred Hajos National Swimming Stadium, Team USA made history. Never before had a women's Olympic champion reached the medal round at the World Championship the following year. 

Defense was the name of the game early as neither side could muster a goal in the first quarter leaving things scoreless after eight minutes. The United States took charge in the second quarter delivering three unanswered goals to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. Raney stole the show early hitting on a power play and then scoring again a minute later for a 2-0 lead. Musselman followed with a score with less than a minute to play in the half for the three goal advantage. 

Australia got on track in the third quarter scoring two of the next three goals, both coming from Keesja Gofers to make it 4-2. Jamie Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford/Santa Barbara 805) closed the score in the period with a tally to give the United States a 5-2 advantage. 

The Aussies looked to rally in the fourth as Gofers scored the third of her four goals on the match to draw within 5-3. Team USA answered with scores from Musselman and Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) to push the lead back to 7-3. The latter score was ruled a score by the goal judge despite the protests of Australia. Two late goals from Australia brought the match to within two goals but they would get no closer falling by two goals. 

Team USA went 2/5 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Australia went 4/7 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty attempts. For more information on the FINA World Championships, click here.

USA 7 (0, 3, 2, 2) J. Raney 2, M. Musselman 2, R. Fattal 1, M. Seidemann 1, J. Neushul 1
AUS 5 (0, 0, 2, 3) K. Gofers 4, R. Webster 1
Saves - USA - G. Stone 7 - AUS - L. Yanitsas 9
6x5 - USA - 2/5 - AUS - 4/7
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - AUS 1/1




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