Stanford senior Kiley Neushul joined forces with USC's Kaleigh Gilchrist and Sami Hill to help the United States women's national water polo team beat Italy, 11-4, on the third day of the Kirishi Cup in Russia on Thursday.
Kiley Neushul/USA water polo
The Americans (14-2) meet Spain on Friday in a match between the past two world championship teams.
Team USA, which beat the Italians, 10-8, for the gold medal at the FINA World League Super Final two weeks ago, grabbed an early lead and never looked back. Maddie Musselman, the lone high school player on the national team, opened the scoring as the Americans took a 2-0 lead in the first period.
"We played a very intelligent and disciplined game against a great opponent," said USA coach Adam Krikorian.
Both teams struggled on the power play with the United States converting two of eight and Italy converting one of six. Team USA did not attempt a penalty shot while Italy scored on one of its two penalty shots.