Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 14 – For just the second time in tournament play, and third time overall in 2015, the USA Women’s Senior National Team suffered a loss in 2015 falling to Australia 13-6 earlier today. Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored twice and Sami Hill (Santa Barbara, CA/UCLA/Santa Barbara) stopped seven shots in the loss. Team USA returns to play on Sunday when they take on China at 11:45am pt. For a complete USA schedule in Rio, click here.
Australia took control of this match in the first half opening up a 3-1 lead after the first period and then adding six goals in the second quarter for a 9-3 lead at halftime. The third quarter evened out with each side scoring just a single goal leaving Australia ahead 10-4 going to the fourth. The United States offense never got on track, mustering two goals in the fourth while the defense allowed three as Australia took the match 13-6.
Team USA went 4/14 on the power play and did not attempt a penalty while Australia was 3/8 on the power play and 1/1 on penalty shots.
“I was disappointed with the effort and focus today. But take nothing away from Australia. They were dominant and proved why I believe they are the most talented team in the world,” said USA Head Coach Adam Krikorian.
USA 6 (1, 2, 1, 2) M. Seidemann 2, A. Fischer 1, M. Fischer 1, K. Craig 1, K. Clark 1
AUS 13 (3, 6, 1, 3)
Saves – USA – S. Hill 7
6×5 – USA – 4/14 – AUS 3/8
Penalties – USA – 0/0 – AUS 1/1
Swimming news courtesy of USA Water Polo.