Stanford junior Maggie Steffens scored three goals in regulation and Cardinal teammate Kiley Neushul added two in regulation, incluiding the game-winner in the shootout, as the USA Women's Senior National Team opened play at the FINA World League Super Final with an 11-10 victory over Russia on Tuesday in Kunshan, China.
Stanford senior-to-be Kiley Neushul scored the game-winner against Russia. Photo courtesy of USA Water Polo.
The Americans meet Canada on Wednesday as the preliminary rounds continue.
Neither team led by more than one goal during the contest; with the Americans taking a 6-5 lead with 1:41 remaining to play in regulation. Steffens scored the go-ahead goal.
Russia scored with 12 seconds remaining to play, although U.S. goalie Sami Hill appeared to have made the save. The official ruled she caught it just inside the cage.
In the shootout, each team recorded a save through the first five shooters. In the sixth round, Neushul connected while Russian shooter Kseniia Krimer was blocked by Hill.