Women's Senior National Team

USA Women Advance To Gold Medal Match At World University Games With 13-8 Win Over Japan


Aug. 27, 2017

Taipei, Taiwan - August 27 - The USA Women's National Team will play for gold at the World University Games after defeating Japan 13-8. Kiley Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford) scored five goals and Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford) added nine saves in net in the victory. Team USA will now meet Hungary in the final at 7:30am et/4:30am pt on Tuesday. For more information on the tournament visit 2017.taipei. Live streaming is expected to be available of USA-Hungary at LiveStream.com/FISU.

Much like their quarterfinal win over Canada, Team USA saw the opponent score first in this match as Japan went ahead early 1-0. Also much like the win over Canada, Team USA responded to that first goal in a major way. They turned to Kiley Neushul who scored four straight goals, the last coming with 1:46 to play in the first quarter as the United States took a 4-1 lead. Japan added a goal late in the period but Team USA kept the lead at 4-2 going to the second. 

Alys Williams (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA) scored to open the second quarter putting the United States ahead 5-2 with 6:24 left. Japan responded with a score to cut the deficit to 5-3. The United States battled back with three straight goals from Williams, Jamie Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford) and Kiley Neushul to go up 8-3 at halftime.

Jamie Neushul scored to open the third expanding the lead to 9-3. Japan scored two of the next three goals to close out the quarter cutting the margin to five at 10-5 going to the fourth. Japan scored to start the fourth quarter making it 10-6 but Team USA came back with two straight goals from Jamie Neushul and Jordan Raney (Manhattan Beach, CA/Stanford) for a 12-6 lead with 3:12 to play in the game. Japan added two more goals late but couldn't complete a rally. Brigitta Games (Littleton, CO/USC) finished things offf with a score with :26 left to push Team USA to a 13-8 win. 

The United States went 3/5 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty attempts while Japan was 5/6 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 13 (4, 4, 2, 3) K. Neushul 5, J. Neushul 3, A. Williams 2, J. Raney 2, B. Games 1
JPN 8 (2, 1, 2, 3)
Saves - USA - G. Stone 9
6x5 - USA - 3/5 - JPN - 5/6
Penalties - USA  - 1/1 - JPN - 0/0

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