USA Women Open FINA World Championships With 13-2 Win Over Brazil

Kazan, Russia – July 26 – The USA Women’s Senior National Team opened played at the 2015 FINA World Championship with a statement, downing Brazil 13-2. Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) scored three goals to pace the offense and Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/Miami Riptides) stopped 14 shots in net. A replay of the match will air later today on Universal Sports at 6pm et/3pm pt.
Team USA returns to action on Tuesday when they meet Italy at 12:10pm local time. The match will stream live on at 5:10am est/2:10 am pt. A replay will air on Universal Sports at 6:00pm et/3:00pm pt. For more streaming information, click here

In the win over Brazil, the United States controlled things from the start leaping out to a 6-0 lead in the first period. Steffens and Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/Santa Barbara) scored in the opening ninety seconds and Team USA never looked back. Ahead 2-0, Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) and Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS/SET) delivered, the latter coming via penalty. With just 1:05 to play in the period Courtney Mathewson (Anaheim Hills, CA/UCLA/NYAC) put a cap on the opening burst with a power play goal for a 6-0 advantage.

The second period was more of the same with Fattal, Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach, CA/Corona del Mar HS/CdM Aquatics), and Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach, CA/USC/Trojan) all hitting paydirt for a 9-0 lead headed into halftime. In the third quarter the USA attack continued with goals from Steffens and Kiley Neushul (Goleta, CA/Stanford/Santa Barbara) for an 11-0 lead. Brazil broke through with their first score moments later on an Amanda Oliveira goal and an 11-1 match. Both offenses remained quiet the rest of the way and Team USA held a 10 goal lead as play moved to the fourth.

Neushul and Steffens teamed up again in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, adding two more goals to build a 13-1 lead. Brazil would tally one more goal late, but the damage had been done as Team USA cruised to victory. The United States went 3/5 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties while Brazil was 0/5 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty.

Scoring – Scoresheet
USA 13 (6, 3, 2, 2) M. Steffens 3, M. Fischer 2, R. Fattal 2, K. Neushul 2, K. Craig 1, K. Gilchrist 1, M. Musselman 1, C. Mathewson 1
BRA 2 (0, 0, 1, 1) A. Oliveira 1, I. Chiappini 1
Saves – USA – A. Johnson 14 – BRA – T. Oliveira 4, V. Chamorro 2
6×5 – USA – 3/5 – BRA – 0/5
Penalties – USA – 1/1 – BRA 0/0 
Swimming news courtesy of USA Water Polo.


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