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Neushul, Steffens help USA women win the Holiday Cup

 

Stanford grad Kiley Neushul scored five goals, including the game-winner in a shootout, to help the U.S. Women's National Team beat Spain, 14-13, and capture the Holiday Cup water polo title in Newport Beach on Sunday.

Stanford's Maggie Steffens added four goals for the Americans, who finished 5-1 at the Cup and 41-6 on the year. The Cardinal's Gabby Stone had nine saves in goal to earn the victory. Cardinal grad Melissa Seidemann also scored.


Stanford grad Kiley Neushul had five goals in a 14-13 shootout win over Spain to win the Holiday Cup. Photo courtesy of USA Water Polo.
Team USA recorded gold medals at three major championships -- FINA World League Super Final, Pan American Games, FINA World Championship -- during the year.

Steffens and Rachel Fattal gave the Americans a 2-1 lead after the first quarter but Spain scored three of the next four goals to go up 4-3 only to see Neushul score with 39 seconds left to tie the game at halftime.

The teams continued to trade goals in the second half until Neushul scored two straight to give the United States an 8-6 advantage with 5:47 left in the fourth period.

Team USA looked in control when Steffens scored to make it 9-7 with 4:52 to play but Spain rallied with two straight to tie the game and force a shootout.

In the shootout both sides traded goals until Spain failed to convert on their second shooter and Team USA failed on their third shooter.

The shootout went to a sixth round. Spain did not convert on their first attempt. Neushul delivered, securing the victory.

Team USA went 5-of-11 on power plays and converted its lone penalty shot while Spain was 7-of-14 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA water polo

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