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Team USA Defeats Canada 11-4 in FINA World Cup Qualifying Match
By: UCLA Athletics
The USA Women's Senior National Team opened the FINA World Cup Qualification with an 11-4 victory over Canada on Tuesday at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif. Team USA is now just one victory away from clinching a berth in next summer's World Cup. Team USA and Canada will meet again on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Foothill High School. In Tuesday night's victory, the United States never trailed and UCLA sophomore Rachel Fattal scored a goal to help the cause.

Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo)got thing started in the first, scoring two straight goals to build an early 2-0 lead. The United States offense kept rolling with Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) and Lolo Silver (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scoring later in the period to take a 4-0 advantage to the second period. Steffens scored to open the second period for a 5-0 lead but Canada stopped the run with a score with 5:45 left in the first half.

Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/SBWPF) and Seidemann followed with goals and the USA lead quickly ballooned to six at 7-1. Canada answered with a goal to close within 7-2 only to see Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) capitalize on two quick passes for a score and an 8-2 halftime lead.

In a relatively quiet third period Canada would score two of the three goals in the quarter to trail 9-4 going to the fourth. After a scoreless first half of the fourth period the United States came through with two late goals in the fourth to seal the match. Seidemann and Silver scored to build the 11-4 final margin.

Team USA went 5/5 on power plays while Canada was 2/8, neither team attempted a penalty shot.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 11 (4, 4, 1, 2) M. Steffens 3, M. Seidemann 3, K. Craig 2, L. Silver 2, R. Fattal 1
CAN 4 (0, 2, 2, 0)
Saves - USA - B. Armstrong 11
6x5 - USA - 5/5 - CAN 2/8

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