Women's Youth National Team

USA Youth Women Open Play At FINA Youth World Championship With 26-10 Win Over Japan

Aria Fischer and Team USA defeated Japan 26-10 to start play at the FINA Youth World Championship
Dec. 12, 2016

Auckland, New Zealand - December 12 - The USA Women's Youth National Team opened play at the FINA Youth World Championship in New Zealand with a 26-10 win over Japan. Aria Fischer (SET/SOPAC) scored six goals to lead the offensive flurry. Heidi Ritner (CDM Aquatics/SOPAC) and Thea Walsh (SET/SOPAC) did the job in net combining for nine saves. Team USA returns to play tomorrow when they meet Greece at 12:10pm local time/3:10pm pt (12/12). For more information on the tournament including live streaming, click here for the official website. To watch a full replay of the USA-Japan match, click here.  

Team USA jumped out to a quick lead going ahead 6-2 after the first period and 12-3 at halftime. They put the match away in the third assembling a 17-6 lead. In the fourth quarter Team USA tacked on nine more goals to win going away 26-10. The United States went 4/6 on power plays while Japan was 2/3. 

Lexi Liebowitz (680 Water Polo/Pacific) and Paige Hauschild (Santa Barbara 805/Coastal) bolstered the offense with five goals each. 

USA 26 (6, 6, 5, 9) A. Fischer 6, P. Hauschild 5, L. Liebowitz 5, B. Weber 3, R. Neushul 3, J. Roemer 2, S. Klass 1, M. Johnston 1
JPN 10 (2, 1, 3, 4)
Saves - USA - H. Ritner 7, T. Walsh 2
5x4 - USA - 4/6 - JPN - 2/3




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