Women's Youth National Team

USA Youth Women Fall To Russia 16-15 In Shootout In Youth Worlds Quarterfinals


Sarah Klass and Team USA were edged by Russia in a shootout at the FINA Youth World Championship
Dec. 16, 2016

Auckland, New Zealand - December 16 - The USA Water Polo Women's National Team's hold on every major FINA Championship will come to an end in New Zealand as the Youth Women's National Team was eliminated from medal contention following a 16-15 shootout loss to Russia. Aria Fischer (SET/SOPAC) and Sarah Klass (680 Water Polo/Pacific) scored two goals each in regulation with Heidi Ritner (CDM Aquatics/SOPAC) tallying 15 saves in net. Team USA now moves on to meet China in the 5th-8th place semifinal today at 7pm pt. For tournament information and live streaming details click here. To watch a full replay of the USA-Russia match, click here

Russia was in control early leading 2-1 after the first period but the United States wrestled away the lead in the second quarter holding 5-4 advantage at halftime and an 8-7 lead after three periods. Russia outscored Team USA 2-1 in the fourth quarter to even the match at 9-9 forcing the shootout. Both sides connected on four of five shots in the shootout leaving the game even at 13-13 going into the additional golden goal shootout rounds. 

After each team scored twice to even the shootout at 15-15, Jewel Roemer (Santa Barbara 805/Coastal) had her shot blocked and Russia converted to win the match 16-15. 

A protest of the match was filed by Team USA and then later withdrawn regarding a potential illegal reentry of a previously fouled out Russian player during fourth quarter action. Team USA went 5/13 on power plays and 0/2 on penalty shots in regulation while Russia was 2/6 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot in regulation. 

The USA Water Polo Women's National Team program still remains the current gold medalists in the Olympic Games, FINA World Championship, FINA World Cup, FINA World League Super Final, and FINA Junior World Championship. 

Scoring
USA 15 (1, 4, 3, 1) (4) (2) A. Fischer 2, S. Klass 2, L. Liebowtiz 1, P. Hauschild 1, M. Johnston 1, B. Weber 1, R. Neushul 1 - Shootout - P. Hauschild 2, L. Liebowtiz 2, A. Fischer 1, R. Neushul 1
RUS 16 (2, 2, 3, 2) 
Saves - USA - H. Ritner 15
5x4 - USA 5/13 - RUS - 2/6
Penalties - USA - 0/2 - RUS - 0/0

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