Womens Water Polo

Team USA 12, Australia 9

Date of competition: Thursday, July 22, 2010

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The USA Women's Junior National Team beat Australia 12-9 for their third straight victory at the four nations tournament in Los Alamitos, CA. Kelly Mendoza (Danville, CA/Diablo) led the attack with four goals while Kate Baldoni held it down in the cage stopping 11 shots (Newport Beach, CA/Stanford).

The game was close throughout with Team USA holding just a one goal lead at 5-4 after the first quarter. In the second they bumped up the margin slightly to a two goal lead at 6-4. In the third quarter the teams were even on goals each tallying three and the advantage stayed at two scores for the United States at 9-7 going to the fourth.

In the final period the United States put the game away with three scores to just two from Australia to pull out the 12-9 victory.

The United States went 4/8 on power plays while Australia was 3/7. Team USA also went 1/1 on penalty shots.

Other high scorers for the red, white, and blue included Dominique Sardo (San Diego, CA/SD Shores) with three goals and Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos, CA/SoCal) with two scores. Tomorrow will bring a rematch with New Zealand who the USA thumped 19-4 on the first day of action.

Scoring:

USA 12 (4, 1, 3, 3) K. Mendoza 4, D. Sardo 3, R. Fattal 2, K. Dodson 1, E. Manke 1, C. O'Donnell 1

AUS 9 (4, 0, 3, 2)

6x5 - USA 4/8 - AUS 3/7

Penalties USA - 1/1

Saves - USA - K. Baldoni 11

-- http://www.usawaterpolo.org

posted by Rick on Jul 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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