Stanford junior Jamie Neushul scored three goals to help lead the United States women's junior national water polo team past Brazil, 12-9, Friday and into the semifinals of the FINA World Junior Championships in Volos, Greece.
The Americans face Russia in Saturday's semifinal round. The Russians topped Italy, 15-10, to advance.
Cardinal sophomore Jordan Raney also scored for the U.S., which improved to 4-0 at the event. Aria Fischer led the Americans with four goals.
Each of Neushul's goals gave the U.S. the lead. She opened with a score in the opening minute and Fischer followed with USA's next three goals, though the Brazilians held a 4-3 advantage before Fischer knotted the game.
Neushul and Raney each scored to help the Americans carry a 6-5 edge into the intermission.
Brazil scored early in the third period to tie it at 6 before Neushul struck for the third time, putting the U.S. up to stay. Mary Brooks added a pair of goals and Fischer also scored, helping to give the Americans a 10-8 lead entering the final period.
Alexis Liebowitz found the back of the net early in the final quarter, giving the U.S. its biggest lead of the contest. Stephanie Mutafayan added a goal for the Americans.