VOLOS, Greece -- The USA Women's Junior National Team will play for gold at the 2013 FINA Women's Junior World Championships following a 10-3 defeat of Greece. UCLA's Rachel Fattal scored four goals and Ashleigh Johnson added 10 saves in the cage for the win.
Team USA moves on to play Spain tomorrow in the final at 9:00 a.m. (PT) on Sunday. A live webcast of the match is available by clicking here. A full schedule of the tournament is available by clicking here. To watch the victory over Greece on-demand, click here.
The Bruins scored seven of the USA's 10 goals in today's semifinal win over Greece. In yesterday's 12-10 quarterfinal win over Hungary, the Bruins scored 7-of-12 goals to make it 14-of-22 in the last two victories.
The first period against Greece got off to a slow start for both teams as the first goal wasn't scored until the 2:40 mark when Monica Vavic connected for a 1-0 lead. Kiley Neushul followed with a goal with :29 left in the period for a 2-0 lead. Greece added a late score with just 10 seconds to play to trail 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Less than a minute into the second period Greece found the net to the tie the game at 2-2. That would be as close as they would get in the match as the United States would score five unanswered goals. Donohoe and Fattal would score two goals along with one from Makenzie Fischer for a 7-2 halftime lead.
Team USA kept up the attack in the third quarter with a goal from Williams and another from Fattal to cap a seven-goal run, ahead 9-2 with 2:49 left. Greece stopped the run with a goal with 1:29 left in the period to trail 9-3 after three periods.
The United States scored the only goal of the fourth, a final tally from Fattal, to take a 10-3 lead with 6:51 remaining. The Team USA defense would do the job the rest of the way, securing the 10-3 victory.
The United States was 1-for-5 on power plays in the victory.
"We controlled the tempo of the game from the start," said USA Head Coach Dan Klatt. "We were extremely disciplined on defense and we are excited to start preparing for tomorrow."
Greece vs. USA
Greece Goals: Alkistis Christina Benekou, Vasiliki Diamandopoulou, Ioanna Chidirioti
USA Saves: Ashleigh Johnson 10