VOLOS, Greece -- The USA Women's Junior National Team struck gold at the 2013 FINA Women's Junior World Championships following a 9-7 defeat of Spain in the title game. UCLA's Rachel Fattal was named the tournament MVP and scored two goals in the win today.
The Bruins scored four of the USA's nine goals in today's final and registered 18-of-31 goals in the medal rounds. Like Fattal, Donohoe also scored two goals in today's win over Spain.
Ashley Grossman got the Americans on the board first at the 5:43 mark of the first period. Spain's Clara Espar Llaquet tied it at 1-1 with a power play goal (5:05). Donohoe scored the final goal of the first quarter with 2:54 to go to give the United States a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.
Team USA opened the second period with three straight goals to push the lead to 5-1, making it four unanswered scores. Donohoe scored her second of the game (6:24) to make it 3-1. Then Kiley Neushul scored back-to-back goals (1:37 and 0:40), the first on a penalty shot, to make it 5-1. Spain closed the gap to 5-2 when Llaquet scored her second of the game with 18 seconds to go in the first half. But that left plenty of time for Makenzie Fischer to score (0:07) and put the U.S. up 6-2 at halftime
Spain turned the tide in the third period, scoring the first three goals to make it 6-5. Roser Tarrago Aymerich scored the first two goals, the first on a power play (7:11) and the second on a penalty shot (6:29). Llaquet completed her hat trick with 5:19 left in the third quarter to pull within one goal (6-5). Fattal pushed the Americans lead to 7-5 on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 2:24 left in the third, the final score of the period.
Aymerich again closed the gap to within one goal at 7-6 with a goal at the 5:32 mark of the fourth period. But Neushul would complete a hat trick of her own to lead the United States to victory with 2:39 left in the game. Fattal then added an insurance goal with 2:11 remaining to make it 9-6. Aymerich scored her fourth of the contest with just :01 remaining to provied the 9-7 final.
The United States was 1-for-3 on power plays while Spain was 2-for-6. Both teams were 1-for-1 on penalty shots.
Spain vs. USA
Spain Goals: Roser Tarrago Aymerich 4, Clara Espar Llaquet 3