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Team USA edges Australia in quarterfinals of FINA World Cup

 

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.

The Americans advance to Saturday's semifinal against Hungary, which beat South Africa, 15-1.


Alex Bowen/USA Water Polo
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.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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