USA women win again in FINA Super League Final


The second match of the FINA World League Super Final saw bookends of the Stanford women's water polo program as graduating senior Kiley Neushul and incoming freshman Makenzie Fischer contributed to a victory.

Neushul and Fischer each recorded two goals to help the USA women's senior national team earn a second straight triumph, 9-3, over Canada in Shanghai, China on Wednesday.

Rachel Fattal also scored twice while goalie Ashleigh Johnson posted eight saves. Team USA (2-0, 12-1) closes out group play on Thursday with a match against the Netherlands.

"We need to improve, just like the other teams. We are far from unbeatable," USA coach Adam Krikorian said. "The Super Final is great for all the teams to prepare for the Kazan worlds, with great facilities, great teams. I am sure all the eight teams will be better."

The United States opened up the first period with a 2-1 lead and duplicated that effort in the second period to gain a 4-2 advantage at halftime.

Team USA pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring Canada, 3-1, to go ahead 7-3 headed to the fourth period. There, the USA put the match away with two unanswered goals.

Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark from Menlo Park and Stanford junior Maggie Steffens each added a solo goal for the Americans.

Both sides struggled on the power play with Team USA going 0 for 3 on the player advantage and 0 for 1 on penalties while Canada did not convert any of its five power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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