Team USA finishes group play on Thursday with a match against Spain, the defending world champion. Fans can also catch the USA Women in action today on Universal Sports at 3 p.m. Pacific when a replay of the title match from the FINA Intercontinental Tournament is shown.
In the match against Canada, the United States was in control throughout. After a 1-1 tie early in the first period, the USA exploded for four straight goals to take a 5-1 lead in the second period. Canada answered with a score to make it 5-2, but Team USA responded with three goals, one from UCLA All-America Rachel Fattal.
Ahead 8-2 at halftime, the United States piled it on to open the third with two straight goals from Williams for a 10-2 lead. Annika Dries and Kami Craig finished the period with goals and the United States remained in control up 12-3. Three more goals early in the fourth, including two from Makenzie Fischer put the game away with the United States leading 15-3. Two late goals from Canada wouldn't factor in the decision and the United States came away 11-point winners.
"We played a complete game today but we need to stay focused for the rest of the tournament," said USA Head Coach and UCLA alumnus Adam Krikorian.
USA 16 (4, 4, 4, 4)
A. Williams 4, A. Dries 3, R. Fattal 2, M. Fischer 2, K. Neushul 2, K. Craig 1, M. Seidemann 1, K. Gilchrist 1
CAN 5 (1, 1, 1, 2)
Saves - USA - S. Hill – 9
6x5 - USA - 3/4 - CAN - ¼
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - CAN - 0/0
Kunshan, China - June 10 - The USA Women's Senior National Team opened play at the FINA World League Super Final with an 11-10 shootout victory over Russia. Kiley Neushul scored the winner in the shootout and added two goals in regulation. Maggie Steffens scored three goals in regulation to help pace the offense, while Sami Hill (Santa Barbara, CA/UCLA/SBWPF) went the distance in net for the win.
It was a close match throughout with Steffens scoring the first goal of the game only to have Russia answer for a 1-1 match after one period. Russia would take a 3-2 lead at halftime after outscoring the United States 2-1 in the second. Steffens scored first in the third to tie the match at 3-3 but Russia answered with a goal for a 4-3 lead headed to the fourth.
Neushul scored to open the fourth and then after Russia went ahead 5-4. UCLA’s Rachel Fattal netted the equalizer to make it 5-5. Steffens scored her third with 1:41 to play in the match for a 6-5 lead. That wouldn't last as Russia found the cage with just 12 seconds remaining to tie the match and force the shootout.
In the shootout each team recorded a save through the first five shooters. In the sixth round Neushul connected while the Russian shooter Krimer was blocked by Hill, leaving the United States with a one goal victory.
USA 6 (1, 1, 1, 3)
M. Steffens 3, K. Neushul 2, R. Fattal 1
RUS 6 (1, 2, 1, 2)
USA 5 (K. Neushul 2, M. Steffens, K. Gilchrist, A. Dries
Stories by Greg Mescall, USA Water Polo