Stanford sophomore Ryann Neushul scored twice and Cardinal junior Sarah Klass added a goal but the United States junior women’s national water polo team dropped a 10-9 decision to Spain in the fifth-place match of the FINA Junior World Championship in Fanchul, Portugal on Sunday.
Acalanes senior Jewel Roemer led the Americans with three goals and UCLA goalkeeper Georgia Phillips recorded eight saves as the U.S. ended its stay in the tournament with a 3-2-1 record and sixth place.
A scoreless first quarter gave way to seven combined goals in the second as Team USA built a 4-3 lead.
Spain tied the game early in the third quarter but Jenna Flynn and Roemer scored to put the United States ahead 6-4 with 4:23 left in the period. Spain countered with two straight goals and the match was tied at 6-6 going into the final eight minutes.
Spain took the lead in the first two minutes of the fourth and then went in front 9-7 with 3:03 left. Klass made it 9-8 but Spain responded. Neushul found the back of the net with 17 seconds to play but time ran out on the Americans.
Neushul scored 18 goals to lead the U.S. She was third overall for the tournament.
Cardinal incoming freshman Floranne Carroll played for Canada, which placed 10th overall. She was the team’s second-leading scorer with nine goals.
Russia won its second straight title with an 11-5 victory over the Netherlands. Italy beat Greece 9-8 for third place.