Women's Senior National Team

USA Women Will Play For Gold At 2017 FINA World Championships After 14-9 Win Over Russia


Maggie Steffens and Team USA will meet Spain for Gold in Budapest
July 26, 2017

Budapest, Hungary - July 26 - The USA Women's National Team will have the opportunity to defend their FINA World Championship crown after advancing to the gold medal match with a 14-9 win over Russia. Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) scored a game high five goals to lead the offensive charge with Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford/SD Shores) and Amanda Longan (Moorpark, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805) adding 13 saves. Team USA looks to win their record fifth FINA World Championship on Friday when they meet Spain at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt. The match will air live on Olympic Channel. For streaming access, click here

Playing throughout a driving rain the United States quickly found themselves behind in the match as Russia took a 2-0 lead with 4:54 left in the first quarter. The United States got on track moments later with a goal from Fattal and the first of four from Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/CdM Aquatics). Russia answered with two straight to go in front by two goals, this time at 4-2 with 2:10 left in the period. That was as good as things would get for the 2016 Olympic bronze medalists. Team USA ran off three straight to close the period ahead 5-4 on two goals from Fattal and one from Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC). 

The United States kept up the onslaught in the second as Musselman sandwiched two goals around a Russia score for a 7-5 lead with 6:52 left in the quarter. Team USA then took over scoring four more goals in the period, including two from Steffens, to go ahead 11-5 at halftime. Fattal pushed it to 12-5 early in the third quarter and the gold medal match became a likely destination. Russia kept things within shouting distance scoring three of the next four goals to make it a 13-8 match with 7:20 to play in the fourth quarter. 

Alys Williams (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/HBWPC) added one more goal for the United States to go ahead 14-8 in the final period and a late Russian goal wouldn't factor in the outcome. Team USA went 3/7 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Russia was 1/9 on the advantage and 1/1 on penalties. 

The USA Women will look to add to their World Championship title won in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2015. They were the first women's water polo nation to win four FINA World Championships.  For more on the FINA World Championships, click here.

Scoring
USA 14 (5, 6, 2, 1) R. Fattal 5, M. Musselman 4, M. Steffens 3, A. Williams 1, K. Neushul 1
RUS 9 (4, 1, 2, 2) Prokofyeva 3, Borisova 2, Simanovich 2, Ivanova 1, Rhyzkova 1
Saves - USA - G. Stone 11, A. Longan 2 - RUS - Karnauhkh 3
6x5 - USA - 3/7 - RUS - 1/9
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - RUS - 1/1

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