Women's Senior National Team

USA Women Claim Second Straight FINA World Championship With 13-6 Win Over Spain


The USA Women's National Team won their second straight World Championship in 2017 in Budapest
July 28, 2017

Budapest, Hungary – July 29 – The USA Women’s National Team won their second straight FINA World Championship with a 13-6 victory over Spain earlier tonight in Budapest. Kiley Neushul (Goleta, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored four goals in the match and was named MVP of the championship game. Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/CdM Aquatics) added three goals and was named tournament MVP by the media. Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford/SD Shores) did the job in net recording eight saves. Team USA retains their number one ranking in the world and remains in possession of all the major titles in the water polo world including the Olympic Games, FINA World Championship, FINA World Cup and FINA World League.

Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/NYAC) started the scoring for Team USA with a tally midway through the first period. Spain retaliated with a score but Jordan Raney (Manhattan Beach, CA/Stanford/HBWPC) slid a score home near side for a 2-1 lead after the first quarter.

Spain scored two of the first three goals in the second, sandwiched around a Neushul goal, to leave the game tied at 3-3 with 5:54 left in the first half. Team USA ran off two straight goals to go ahead 5-3 at halftime on goals from Neushul and Musselman. In the third quarter Spain looked to rally, scoring the first goal of the period to close within 5-4 thirty seconds into the period but would get no closer. The United States would score five of the next six goals to close out the third and take control of the game.

Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL), who was named to the all-media team, scored the following goal to push the lead to 6-4. Neushul and Steffens followed on power play goals for an 8-4 advantage with 3:31 to go in the period. With less than two minutes left in the period Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET) hit her first score of the game for a 9-4 lead. Spain broke the run with a goal moments later but Musselman had an answer. With just seconds remaining in the period she darted towards the goal and Neushul hit her with a perfect pass for a 10-5 game going to the fourth quarter.

Team USA entertained no thoughts of a comeback from Spain with Neushul and Steffens firing in goals to open fourth taking a 12-5 lead with 5:34 to play. Musselman finished things off with a power play goal with 3:42 to play in the game to make it 13-5. A late goal from Spain wouldn’t factor in the final decision.

The power play strike was a fitting end to the scoring for Team USA who turned in a dominant performance on the advantage going 10/12. Spain was 3/6 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots.

Team USA has won more FINA World Championships than any other women’s water polo program claiming titles in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2017.

Scoring

USA 13 (2, 3, 5, 3) K. Neushul 4, M. Musselman 3, M. Steffens 2, R. Fattal 1, M. Seidemann 1, J. Raney 1, M. Fischer 1
ESP 6 (1, 2, 2, 1) A. Espar 3, B. Ortiz 2, P. Leiton 1
Saves – USA – G. Stone 8 – ESP – L. Ester 5
6x5 – USA – 10/12 – ESP – 3/6
Penalties – USA – 0/0 – ESP – 1/1

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