When it comes to international women's water polo, The United States and Australia have been at or near the top since it became an Olympic sport in time for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. That's the year the Aussies scored in the final second to beat the U.S. for the gold medal.
The U.S. came back to beat Australia for the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and then beat the Aussies in the Olympic semifinal round four years later in Beijing and again at the 2012 London Olympics. Each of those contests were decided by a single goal.
The teams met for the fourth time this year, with the Americans winning for the third time, 8-6, on Wednesday during preliminary play of the FINA Women's World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
Australia handed the U.S. its first loss of the season in the championship match of the FINA World League Intercontinental round in late May.
The Americans (2-0, 18-2-1) meet Hungary on Thursday on the final day of the preliminary round. The elimination tournament begins Friday.
"We played fairly sloppy, but I was happy we found a way to win, " USA coach Adam Krikorian said.
Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann and Cardinal senior Kiley Neushul each scored a goal for the U.S.