BARCELONA, Spain - The USA Women's National Team completed group play with a perfect 3-0 record following a 16-4 victory over Great Britain. KK Clark (Menlo Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC) scored three goals in the win and Tumua Anae (Newport Beach, CA/USC/SOCAL) posted 14 saves in the cage. Today's match will air on Universal Sports on delay at 6pm ET/3pm PT. The United States now moves on to the quarterfinal qualifications where they will likely meet Brazil on Saturday at 5:30pm local time/11:30am ET/8:30am PT. That match will stream live on UniversalSports.com and air on delay on Universal Sports at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT.
There are five UCLA Bruins on the national team and they combined to score 10 of the 16 goals for Team USA against Great Britain. All five players scored, led by Clark. Sophomore-to-be Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) scored twice, as did Jillian Kraus (Santa Ana, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) and Kelly Rulon (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC). Courtney Mathewson (Anaheim Hills, CA/UCLA/NYAC) added one goal in the win.
"It was a good match for us because Great Britain is a really good opponent and they do a lot of things that other teams don't do," Clark said. "It was important for us to stay focused throughout the entire game, which I think we did."
Team USA started off the match strong on offense building a 4-0 lead after the first period. Clark scored first from the outside followed by another perimeter shot from Lolo Silver (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) for a 2-0 lead. Then Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/SBWPF) got free on the counter attack for a tally and Kraus buried a shot from deep to go up 4-0.
The second period started with more of the same after the United States drew a penalty, their first of three on the day, and Rulon converted for a 5-0 lead. Great Britain came to life with two straight scores to draw within 5-2 with 1:16 left in the half. Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) responded for the United States on its next possession with an outside shot for a 6-2 lead at intermission.
Another drawn penalty started the third period for Team USA and Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) converted for a 7-2 lead. She followed that with a natural goal less than a minute later for an 8-2 lead. Fattal scored shortly thereafter and the United States was in command 9-2. Great Britain closed out the period with a score, converting a drawn penalty for a 9-3 match headed to the fourth.
In the fourth the United States offense exploded, outscoring Great Britain 7-1 and putting the match away for good. Annika Dries (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET) drew a penalty to start things off and Mathewson converted for a 10-3 lead. Rulon followed with a power play goal and then Kraus and Clark connected on perimeter shots for a 13-3 lead with 3:19 remaining in the match. Moments later Craig delivered from two meters and Craig went cross cage for a 15-3 lead with 1:50 to go. Great Britain mustered a lob shot on their next possession but the United States had the last word with Fattal scoring from in close to put Team USA ahead 16-4.
The United States went 1-for-3 on power plays and 3-for-3 on penalty shots while Great Britain was 1-for-2 on power plays and 1-for-1 on penalties.
Great Britain vs. USA
USA Goals: K. Clark 3, R. Fattal 2, M. Steffens 2, J. Kraus 2, K. Rulon 2, K. Craig 2, L. Silver 1, M. Seidemann 1, C. Mathewson 1
USA Saves: T. Anae 13