The USA Women's National Team finished group play at the FINA World League Super Final undefeated after topping defending world champion Spain, 8-5, in water polo on Thursday in Kunshan, China.
Kaleigh Gilchrist and Stanford's Kiley Neushul scored two goals for the world No. 1 USA while Cardinal grad Melissa Seidemann, Stanford senior Annika Dries and KK Clark of Menlo Park all tallied once.
No. 7 Spain came out on fire, scoring the first two goals of the match before Gilchrist stopped the run with a score. Trailing 2-1 in the second, the United States evened the match at 2 with a score from Rachel Fattal.
The teams then traded goals over the remainder of the period, with Clark getting her goal, before Dries put the Americans in the lead at 5-4 before Spain tied it at the half.
Team USA's defense was rock solid from that point forward, holding Spain scoreless over the final two periods. Even when Fattal failed to get a shot off on a penalty attempt, the U.S. had an answer moments later with a goal from Seidemann.
Gilchrist added her second after that and the USA built its largest lead at 7-5 going to the final eight minutes.
In the fourth, Neushul had the final word by scoring the last goal of the match to wrap up the victory.
Men's water polo
Stanford players Conner Cleary, Jackson Kimbell, Alex Bowen and Bret Bonanni officially were named to the U.S. national team Thursday, with Team USA opening play at the FINA World League Super Final in Dubai on Tuesday.
The sixth-ranked Americans (6-8 this season) meet No. 13 Canada in the first game of the preliminary round. The U.S. will also play No. 9 Australia and No. 7 Hungary.