Shanghai, China – June 9 – The USA Women’s Senior National Team got off to a strong start at the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai with a 16-3 win over Brazil. Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS/SET) scored three goals to lead a balanced offensive attack while Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/Miami Riptides) anchored the defense with 12 saves. Team USA resumes play tomorrow against Canada. No live streaming of this event is currently available.
Team USA opened up a 4-1 lead in the first quarter to take control of the match after the initial eight minutes. In the second quarter the United States put the match away outscoring Brazil 5-0 to build a 9-1 halftime lead. In the third it was more of the same with four unanswered goals from Team USA taking a 13-1 lead to the fourth. In the final period Brazil mustered two goals but it didn’t factor in the decision as the United States cruised to the 16-3 victory.
The United States went 2/5 on power plays and 0/1 on penalty shot attempts while Brazil was 1/5 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty.
USA 16 (4, 5, 4, 3). M. Fischer 3, M. Musselman 2, R. Fattal 2, M. Steffens 2, C. Mathewson 2, M. Seidemann 1, K. Clark 1, K. Neushul 1, K. Gilchrist, K. Craig 1
BRA 3 (1, 0, 0, 2)
Saves – USA – A. Johnson 12
6×5 – USA 2/5 – BRA – 1/5
Penalties – USA – 0/1 – BRA – 0/0
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