UCLA All-American Rachel Fattal and Kaleigh Gilchrist scored two goals each in the victory while Ashleigh Johnson posted seven saves in goal. UCLA alumnus Courtney Mathewson also scored a goal. Team USA returns to action on Thursday when it meets Hungary at 12:30 a.m. PST.
In the win over Australia, the United States got off to a strong start leading 2-0 after the first period and 5-2 at halftime. Australia looked to battle back in the third scoring two goals but the United States answered with two of its own to maintain a three-goal lead at 7-4. The Aussies outscored Team USA 2-1 in the fourth but it wouldn't be enough to complete a comeback as the United States took the match 8-6.
Team USA went 5/6 on power plays while Australia was just 4/10.
"We played fairly sloppy today, but I was happy we found a way to win," said USA Head Coach Adam Krikorian.
USA 8 (2, 3, 2, 1) R. Fattal 2, K. Gilchrist 2, M. Seidemann 1, C. Mathewson 1, K. Neushul 1, K. Craig 1
AUS 6 (0, 2, 2, 2)
Saves: USA (A. Johnson, 7)
6x5: USA (5/6); AUS (4/10)