Brazil, Canada, Cuba, USA Women Advance to Pan Am Games Water Polo Semifinals

Pan American Games – Women’s Water Polo

The top four teams after the group stage are now the last four teams remaining in the medal race after Thursday’s women’s water polo quarterfinal matches at the Pan American Games.

The United States, the Group A winner, sewed up its spot in the semifinals with a 21-3 win over Peru, while Group B winner Canada moved through with a 22-3 victory over Venezuela.

Rounding out the final four are Group A runner-up Brazil and Group B runner-up Cuba. Brazil topped Mexico 13-3 in the quarters, while Cuba bested Puerto Rico 14-5.

The semifinals will be played on Friday alongside the fifth through eighth place classification matches.

Thursday Results

Aug. 8 – Quarterfinals Result
Brazil vs. Mexico Brazil 13-3
Puerto Rico vs. Cuba Cuba 14-5
USA vs. Peru USA 21-3
Venezuela vs. Canada Canada 22-3

Friday Schedule

Aug. 9
8 a.m. 5th Through 8th Classification Mexico vs. Venezuela
9:30 a.m. 5th Through 8th Classification Puerto Rico vs. Peru
11 a.m. Semifinal Brazil vs. Canada
12:30 p.m. Semifinal Cuba vs. United States

Thursday Recaps

Brazil def. Mexico 13-3

Brazil broke the game open in the second half, outscoring Mexico 9-1 in the final two periods en route to a 13-3 victory.

The Brazilians made 44.8 percent of their shots (13 of 29), including 6 of 10 extra-player tries and its lone penalty attempt.

Viviane Bahia put in four goals to lead Brazil, while Diana Abla added a hat trick. Goalkeeper Victoria Chamorro saved 80 percent of the shots she faced (12 of 15).

Mexico got a goal apiece from Alcione Murrieta Pedroza, Lorena Sanchez Baz and Frida Ramos Ramirez. The Mexicans hit just 3 of 28 shots, including one penalty. The team was 0-for-3 in extra-man tries.

Cuba def. Puerto Rico 14-5

Cuba built a 4-1 lead in the first periods and never let up in a 14-5 win over Puerto Rico, putting in four goals apiece in each of the last two stanzas as well.

Cuba’s Mayelin Bernal Villa scored four times, while Dalia Grau Quintero put in three goals. Cuba made 51.9 percent of its shots (14 of 27), including 4 of 7 extra-player tries and its lone penalty. Goalkeeper Mairelis Zunzunegui Morgan also was a major factor, stopping 70.6 percent of the shots she faced (12 of 17).

Five different players found the back of the net for Puerto Rico: Paola Medina Montero, Osmarie Quinones Colon, Amanda Ortiz Irizarry, Guarina Garcia Delgado and Milena Guzman Ortiz. Puerto Rico made 5 of 28 shots, including 1 of 3 extra-player tries and a penalty.

USA def. Peru 21-3

The result was never in question for the Americans as they cruised to an 11-2 lead in the first half and poured on 10 more goals in the final two periods for the 21-3 victory.

All 11 USA players, including starting goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson. Stephanie Haralabidis, Alys Williams and Maggie Steffens each notched a hat trick to lead the way, while four other players turned in multi-goal efforts.

Johnson made 7 saves in 9 attempts (77.8 percent), before being replaced by Aria Fischer (2 of 3) and Makenzie Fischer (5 of 5). Aria Fischer even saved a Peruvian penalty attempt. All told, the trio stopped 82.4 percent of the shots they faced (14 of 17).

Peru made just 3 of 31 shots with Alisa Lopez Deza accounting for all of the goals.

Canada def. Venezuela 22-3    

Canada blanked Venezuela 8-0 in the opening period and cruised to a 22-3 win.

The Canadians converted 52.4 of their shots (22 of 42), including 6 of 9 extra-player chances. Krystina Alogbo paced the team with five goals (in 7 shots), while Emma Wright, Joelle Bekhazi and Shae Fournier added three scores apiece among 10 offensive contributors. Goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault saved six of the nine shots she faced (66.7 percent).

Venezuela cashed in on just 3 of 20 shot attempts, including 1 of 3 extra-player opportunities. Samantha Torres, Soleylin Martinez and Jeisnaimil Agelvis each put in a goal.

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