WATER POLO: USA Women Open 2013 Holiday Cup With 12-9 Victory Over The Netherlands

The USA Women’s Senior National Team got off to a good start at the 2013 Holiday Cup, topping the Netherlands 12-9 at Foothill High School. Behind four goals from Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) and 10 saves from Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC), Team USA never trailed en route to the victory. The United States is back in action tomorrow evening when they meet Canada at 8:30pm pt. Tickets for the Holiday Cup are available at the door.

The first quarter was all Team USA as they jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) started off with a score and then Seidemann ripped the net from deep for an early lead. The Netherlands got on the board with a power play strike with 3:58 to go in the period to trail 2-1. Team USA had an answer with two straight goals to close out the period. KK Clark (Menlo Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC) hit on a power play and then Alys Williams (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/HBWPC) buried a shot with just :12 left in the period for a 4-1 advantage.

The Netherlands came back strong in second period. The Dutch scored three of the first four goals in the period, sandwiching their efforts around another Clark goal to get within 5-4 with 4:25 to go in the half. Williams added her second of the day and Seidemann scored less than a minute later to rebuild a three goal lead at 7-4 with 2:06 to play. The Netherlands had the last word in half scoring with :18 left to trail 7-5 at halftime.

Seidemann kept it rolling in the third, scoring the first goal of the period less than thirty seconds in for an 8-5 lead. The Netherlands picked up some momentum halting a penalty shot try and then following up with a goal to draw to within 8-6. Jillian Kraus (Santa Ana, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) answered on the next USA possession with a power play strike for a 9-6 lead. The Netherlands scored two of the next three to close out the period and kept things close trailing 10-8 going to the fourth.

Much like the third period, Seidemann started off the fourth with a goal. The Netherlands answered with a goal on their next possession but would get no closer. Fattal connected for a power play goal with 2:37 left in the match and the United States went ahead 12-9. They would take the match by the same score and move to 1-0 in Holiday Cup play.

Team USA went 4/6 on power plays and 0/1 on penalty shots while the Netherlands went 6/8 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty tries.

In earlier Holiday Cup action Russia defeated Canada 15-12 and Greece edged Australia 8-6. Full tournament information including results and scoresheets can be accessed by clicking here.

Scoring – Scoresheet
USA 12 (4, 3, 3, 2) M. Seidemann 4, A. Williams 2, R. Fattal 2, K. Clark 1, J. Kraus 1, P. Orozco 1
NED 9 (1, 4, 3, 1)
Saves – USA – B. Armstrong 10
6×5 – USA – 4/6 – NED – 6/8
Penalties – USA – 0/1 – NED 1/1

This release was provided to SwimSwam courtesy of USA Water Polo.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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