Four Stanford products score in U.S. women's water polo tie

Despite getting solo tallies from four former or current Stanford players, the U.S. Women's Senior National Team battled to a 7-7 draw with Spain in Day 4 of the Kirishi Cup water polo tournament in Russia on Friday.

Seven different players found the back of the net for Team USA while Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/Gulliver Riptides) record 17 saves in net. The competition finishes Saturday when Team USA takes on the Netherlands.

Spain controlled most of this match, taking a 2-1 lead after the first period and a 4-2 lead at halftime. The United States started to battle back in the third posting goals from Kaleigh Gilchrist and Rachel Fattal, but still trailed by 6-4 after three periods.

The rally continued into the fourth with the United States scoring three straight goals to grab the lead at 7-6 with 3:51 to play in the match. Goals from current Cardinal Kiley Neushul, Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann and junior Maggie Steffens powered the USA rally. Spain scored just moments after the Steffens goal to cancel out a USA win, tying the game at 7.

Team USA, which also got a goal from Stanford grad Annika Dries, went 6 for 10 on power plays while Spain was 3 of 9 with neither team attempting a penalty shot.

"We had a sluggish start and we played undisciplined today," USA coach Adam Krikorian said. "Much of that should be credited to Spain. That said I was happy with the way we battled back in the fourth period."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo/USA volleyball


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