It's on to the semis for American women in water polo


The U.S. Olympic women's water wolo team advanced to its fifth consecutive Olympic semifinal round, beating Brazil, 13-3, on Monday in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

Stanford's Maggie Steffens, Mackenzie Fischer and Kiley Neushul each scored twice for the Americans (4-0, 38-2) while Cardinal grad Melissa Seidemann and Menlo Park resident KK Clark also scored.

Team USA meets Hungary in the semifinal on Wednesday.

The Americans scored the first 13 goals of the contest, shutting out Brazil through the first three quarters.

Team USA came out determined against Brazil opening a big lead in the first quarter scoring five unanswered.Kami Craig gathered up a loose ball in front of the goal and stuffed it in for the winning goal with 6:45 to play.

Neushul followed with a counter attack goal and then Maddie Musselman added a score 45 seconds later for a 3-0 lead with 4:15 left.

Then with less than two minutes left Clark and Courtney Mathewson found the back of the net for a 5-0 lead.

Things kept rolling in the second as Steffens scored a power play goal in the first 30 seconds of the period for a 6-0 lead.

Seidemann and Kaleigh Gilchrist added goals afterwards and the USA lead ballooned to 8-0 at halftime.

While the defense kept Brazil scoreless the USA offense remained on the attack in the third. Makenzie Fischer scored twice and Steffens capped the scoring in the period for a 13-0 lead after three.

The United States went 2-of-6 on power plays and 1-on-1 on penalties while Brazil was 0-of-3 on the power play and did not attempt a penalty.

Team USA and Hungary met in the final match of group play with the United States winning 11-6.

— USA Water Polo


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