Women's Senior National Team

USA Women Defeat Australia 17-3 For Third Straight Win At World University Games


Aug. 22, 2017

Taipei, Taiwan - August 22 - The USA Women's National Team defeated Australia 17-3 for their third straight victory at the World University Games in Taiwan. Kat Klass (Danville, CA/Stanford) scored three goals to lead an offense that saw every field player score at least once. Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford) and Mia Rycraw (Walnut, CA/Arizona State) combined for eight saves in net. Team USA returns to play on Thursday against Italy at 5am et/2am pt. For more information on the tournament visit 2017.taipei. Live streaming is expected to be available of the semifinal matches and medal matches at LiveStream.com/FISU.

Team USA stormed out a strong start opening up a 4-0 lead in the first quarter on two goals from Jamie Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford) along with one each from Jordan Raney (Manhattan Beach, CA/Stanford) and Klass. Australia scored late in the period to make it a 4-1 match going to the second.

It was a similar scene in the second quarter as Team USA did the bulk of the scoring. They ran off five unanswered goals to take a 9-1 lead on a Klass goal with 1:53 to play. Australia again added a late score but the United States had the match in control up 9-2 at intermission.

In the third quarter Team USA blanked Australia 3-0 on goals from Alys Williams (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA), Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford) and Dani Jackovich (New Lenox, IL/Stanford) for a 12-2 lead after three. 

Kiley Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford) scored two straight to open the fourth period and Brigitta Games (Littleton, CO/USC) added another with 4:07 left in the match for a 15-2 lead. Australia stopped the run moments later with a goal but the outcome had been decided. Team USA added two more goals, one from Klass and another from Stephanie Mutafyan (Los Alamitos, CA/California) to finish off the match up 17-3.

Team USA went 2/5 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Australia was 1/9 on power plays and 0/1 on penalties. 

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 17 (4, 5, 3, 5) K. Klass 3, K. Neushul 2, A. Fischer 2, J. Neushul 2, A. Williams 2, B. Games 1, J. Raney 1, S. Mutafyan 1, D. Jackovich 1, M. Berggren 1, M. Brooks 1
AUS 3 (1, 1, 0, 1)
Saves - USA - M. Rycraw 5, G. Stone 3
6x5 - USA - 2/5 - AUS - 1/9
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - AUS - 0/1

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