Stanford senior Alex Bowen scored four goals and Cardinal junior Bret Bonanni added two as the United States senior national water polo team downed Australia, 11-9, in a shootout on Friday in the quarterfinals of the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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The U.S. (14-15-1) is 0-4 against Hungary this season, though the latest meeting, in the Deutschland Cup in Germany, was a 12-11 contest.
Croatia and Serbia meet in the other semifinals.
The Americans took a 3-0 lead against the Aussies and were in control most of the way.
Australia rallied from a two-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to force the shootout.
Bowen and Bonanni opened the shootout with goals. Olympian John Mann scored the game-winner.
The U.S. had two power-play opportunities in the final minute, failing to get off a shot either time.
Australia took a 5-4 edge early in the third quarter but Bonanni and Bowen each scored to put the U.S. on top, 6-5.
Josh Samuels scored with nine seconds left in the third quarter, putting the Americans ahead by two goals.
Australia eventually tied the match with 2:10 remaining in regulation.
Croatia advanced with a 6-5 victory over Montenegro, while Serbia topped host Kazakhstan, 16-10.