USA women are 2-0 in FINA Junior World Championships


The USA Women's Junior National Team moved to 2-0 in water polo at the FINA Junior World Championships following a 23-0 win over Ukraine on Tuesday in Volos, Greece.

Emily Loughlin scored seven goals to lead the victory. Amanda Longan and Emalia Eichelberger combined for 12 saves in net in the win.

Team USA returns to action Wednesday when it closes out group play with a match against Spain.

Much like their first match, the Americans wasted little time building a lead against Ukraine. Makenzie Barr scored in the opening thirty seconds on a power-play goal to grab a 1-0 lead. Aria Fischer followed with two straight goals and Team USA quickly had a 3-0 lead. The lead was 6-0 after the first period and 12-0 at halftime thanks to four goals from Loughlin in the first half.

Stanford's Jordan Raney finished with two goals and Cardinal teammate Jamie Neushul added one. 

Loughlin added two more in the third on the way to an 18-0 lead with play moving to the fourth. Five different scorers found the back of the net in the fourth period as Team USA put the match away. Team USA went 2 for 2 on power plays and converted its lone penalty shot.

The USA opened play Monday with a 28-0 romp over Mexico. Fischer scored six goals and Barr added five to lead a group of eight different goal scorers in the victory. Neushul tallied four goals and Raney added one.

— USA Water Polo/Palo Alto Online Sports


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