DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Day five of the FINA World League Super Final was more rewarding for Team USA, as they won against China, 15-5. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) scored six goals, the highest of any individual athlete during a single game of this tournament, to lead the Americans.
Team USA was off to a quick start, with four goals in the first quarter, as China was able to score once. During the second quarter, USA’s men continued scoring a total of six goals, extending the lead to 10-2 by halftime.
At the start of the second half, China posted two goals, as Team USA scored once. Team USA cemented its win during the fourth quarter with four more goals, as China had a single goal, ending the game at 15-5.
Unfortunately for Team USA, their Head Coach, Dejan Udovicic received a red card after obtaining a yellow card during a timeout earlier in the match. He will serve a one-match suspension on Saturday, missing the game against Canada.
Team USA is back in action on Saturday when they battle against Canada at 4:50 a.m. (PT) for fifth place. All matches from the tournament will be streamed live and can be accessed by clicking here (Dubai TV).
Dejan Udovicic (SRB) — USA Head Coach
“I’m glad we responded after yesterday (against Hungary). It was good to be going in the right direction. Every game is important and we are trying to finish with a win tomorrow. We need such experiences, bad and good from this tournament to learn for the future.”
Alex Bowen (USA) — Six Goals
“I haven’t scored that many goals before in a tournament. I’m pretty excited. We started working a lot for each other and sacrificing the body for everyone else. I was definitely working harder and my teammates worked for me and that actually opened up opportunities for me. It was really a team effort.”
5-8 SEMIFINALS: USA vs. China
Referees: Edmundo Rodriques (BRA), Hatem Gaber (EGY)
Power Plays: USA: 4-for-7; CHINA: 0-for-8
Penalties: USA: 1-for-1; CHINA: 0-for-0
Goals: USA: Alex Bowen (6), Anthony Daboub (2), John Mann (2), Bret Bonanni (2), Josh Samuels (1), Nick Bell (1), Michael Rosenthal (1). CHINA: Tao Dong (2), Feihu Tan (1), Junliang Guo (1), Ning Pan (1).