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Team USA Advances to Quarterfinals with 8-5 Win over Spain
By: UCLA Athletics
Kunshan, China - June 12 - The USA Women's National Team finished group play at the FINA World League Super Final undefeated after topping Spain 8-5. UCLA players Sami Hill and Rachel Fattal contributed to the victory: Hill playing the entire match in goal, and Fattal scoring a first half goal.

Kaleigh Gilchrist and Kiley Neushul led the USA with two goals in the victory. Team USA moves on to the quarterfinal round where it will meet Brazil on Friday at 3 .m. Pacific time.

The defending World Champions came out on fire scoring the first two goals of the match for a 2-0 lead before Gilchrist stopped the run with a score. Trailing 2-1 in the second, the United States evened the match at 2-2 with a score from Fattal . The two teams then traded goals over the remainder of the period before an Annika Dries goal put the United States in the lead 5-4. Spain's Jennifer Pareja scored to close the half, leaving the two teams tied at 5-5 at intermission.

Team USA's defense was rock solid from that point forward holding Spain scoreless over the final two periods. Even when Fattal failed to get a shot off on a penalty attempt the United States had an answer moments later with a goal from Melissa Seidemann. Gilchrist added her second goal after that, and the United States built their largest lead at 7-5 going to the final eight minutes.

In the fourth Neushul had the final word, scoring the last goal of the match to put the United States up by three en route to the victory. Team USA went 2/5 on power plays and 0/1 on penalty shots while Spain was 3/7 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots.

Scoring
USA 8 (1, 4, 2, 1) K. Gilchrist 2, K. Neushul 2, M. Seidemann 1, A. Dries 1, R. Fattal 1, K. Clark 1
ESP 5 (2, 3, 0, 0)
6x5 - USA - 2/5 - ESP - 3/7
Penalties - USA - 0/1 - ESP - 1/1

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