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Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
USA Advances to Semifinals with Two Victories
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/15/2014
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia -- The USA Women's National Team breezed into the semifinals of the FINA World Cup Friday with a 24-0 defeat of Singapore in the quarterfinal round. UCLA players and alumnae accounted for five goals to lead the offensive parade, while senior All-American Sami Hill and Princeton’s Ashleigh Johnson combined for 10 saves in the shutout.

Team USA advances to the semifinal round where it will meet China on Saturday at 5 a.m. PST.

The win over Singapore was never in doubt as the United States raced out to an 8-0 lead after the first period and a 15-0 lead at halftime. They kept up the attack in the third quarter with five more goals and then another four in the fourth to finish the match, 24-0. Team USA went 5/6 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Singapore did not draw any exclusions or penalties.

UCLA alumnae Jillian Kraus scored twice and KK Clark had one goal; current Bruins Alys Williams and Rachel Fattal each scored once. Hill made four saves.

Scoring
USA 24 (8, 7, 5, 4)
K. Craig 5, K. Gilchrist 4, M. Seidemann 3, M. Steffens 3, K. Neushul 2, J. Kraus 2, A. Dries 2, A. Williams 1, R. Fattal 1, KK. Clark 1
SIN 0 (0, 0, 0, 0)
Saves - USA - A. Johnson 6, S. Hill 4 6x5: USA (5/6), SIN (0/0)
Penalties: USA (1/1), SIN (0/0)

In Thursday’s final group play match, the USA Women's National picked up its third straight victory and took first place in its group with a 15-10 win over Hungary. UCLA All-American Sami Hill posted 11 saves in net. UCLA junior Rachel Fattal scored twice, and alumna Courtney Mathewson scored once.

The victory advanced the Stars and Stripes to the quarterfinals for its match against Singapore on Friday.

Team USA got off to a strong start taking a 4-2 lead after the first period and a 7-3 lead at the intermission. The high-scoring continued in the second half with the United States outscoring Hungary 5-4 in the third period to build a 12-7 lead. The two teams were even in the fourth period scoring three goals each.

The United States went 7/11 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties, while Hungary was 3/6 on power plays and 2/2 on penalties.

"It was a physical game but our team maintained its composure. Our success on extra player opportunities was a key component towards the win," said USA Head Coach Adam Krikorian.

Scoring
USA 15 (4, 3, 5, 3)
M. Steffens 3, K. Craig 3, R. Fattal 2, K. Neushul 2, M. Sediemann 1, C. Mathewson 1, K. Gilchrist 1
HUN 10 (2, 1, 4, 3)
Saves: USA (S. Hill 11)
6x5: USA (7/11), HUN (3/6)
Penalties: USA (1/1), HUN (2/2)


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