Team USA got off to a good start grabbing 2-1 lead early behind goals from Alex Bowen(Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands/UCLA/Bruin) after the first period. Australia took control in the second outscoring Team USA 3-1 to take a 4-3 lead at intermission.
In the third period Team USA started to rally as Obert scored first to tie the match at 4-4. Australia responded with two straight from Joe Kayes for a 6-4 advantage with 3:37 to play in the third. Bonanni scored to make it 6-5 and then Samuels found the net with seven seconds to play tying the game at 6-6 going to the fourth.
Early in the fourth Australia went back and front on a score from Aidan Roach but Samuels came back with a goal around the three minute mark to tie the match at 7-7. Both sides had opportunities over the remaining three minutes but failed to score leading to the extra session.
This match was the first meeting for the two since last Sunday when they played for gold at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament. Team USA won the match 10-9 on a shot from Luca Cupido (Newport Beach, CA/California/Newport) with just two seconds to play.
USA 12 (2, 1, 3, 1) (5) J. Samuels 2, B. Bonanni 2, A. Obert 1, A. Roelse 1, A. Bowen 1
AUS 11 (1, 3, 2, 1) (4) J. Cotteril 2, J. Kayes 2, A. Roach 2, J. Swift 1
USA: L. Cupido 1, T. Azevedo 1, J. Samuels 1, A. Bowen 1, B. Bonanni 1
AUS: R. Campbell 1, R. Howden 1, A. Roach 1, J. Cotteril 1, J. Swift X
Swimming news courtesy of USA Water Polo.