USA Women’s Water Polo Rallies To Defeat The Netherlands 8-6

by SwimSwam 0

December 16th, 2017 Water Polo

Press Release courtesy of USA Water Polo

The USA Women’s National Team rallied from an early 2-0 deficit and multiple one-goal deficits for an 8-6 win over the Netherlands at Loyola Marymount University. Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/CDM Aquatics) scored two goals in the win with Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/NYAC) and Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford/SD Shores) combining in net for six saves. Team USA returns to action on Tuesday night against China at Foothill High School in Tustin, CA at 7:30pm pt. The match will also serve as a celebration for the retirement of Olympic champ Courtney Mathewson. Tickets are available by clicking here.  Live streaming is available and with live stats at To watch a replay of the USA-Netherlands match, click here.

The Netherlands started off strong opening up a 2-0 lead before the United States rallied with two straight goals from Musselman and Kiley Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford/NYAC) to tie the game at 2-2. The Netherlands added a goal not long after and held a one goal lead going into second.

Late in the first half Lizette Rozeboom scored for the Netherlands to make it 4-2 but Jordan Raney (Manhattan Beach, CA/Stanford/Huntington Beach WP) got the deficit to one by halftime with a tally. Musselman opened the scoring in the third to tie the game at 4-4 but Maud Megens hit for the Netherlands to go in front 5-4 after three.

The teams traded goals through the first part of the fourth quarter leading to a tie game at 6-6 with a little over four minutes to play. The USA defense then held the Netherlands scoreless while Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET) and Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) added goals to retake the lead and secure the game.

Team USA went 4/10 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while the Netherlands went 2/6 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties.

Scoring – Scoresheet
USA 8 (2, 1, 1, 4) M. Musselman 2, M. Seidemann 1, R. Fattal 1, J. Raney 1, M. Steffens 1, M. Fischer 1, K. Neushul 1
NED 6 (3, 1, 1, 1) V. Sevenich 2, S. van der Sloot 2, M. Megens 1, L. Rozeboom 1
Saves – USA – A. Johnson 4, G. Stone 2 – NED – L. Aarts 7, D. Willemz 3
6×5 – USA – 4/10 – NED 2/6
Penalties – USA – 0/0 – NED 1/1

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