Day five of the FINA World League Super Final was more rewarding for Team USA, as they won against China, 15-5. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) scored six goals, the highest of any individual athlete during a single game of this tournament. Watch the final game for Team USA, as they battle against Canada at 4:50am PT. The game will be streamed live and can be accessed by clicking here (Dubai TV).
Team USA was off to a quick start, with four goals in the first quarter, as China was able to score once. During the second quarter, USA’s men continued scoring a total of six goals, securing their lead, as China scored one goal.
At the start of the second half, China posted two goals, as Team USA scored once. Team USA cemented their win during the fourth quarter with four more goals, as China had a single goal, ending the game at 15-5.
Unfortunately for Team USA, their Head Coach, Dejan Udovicic received a red card after obtaining a yellow card during a timeout earlier in the match. He will serve a one-match suspension on Saturday, missing the game against Canada.
Dejan Udovicic (SRB) — USA Head Coach
“I’m glad we responded after yesterday (against Hungary). It was good to be going in the right direction. Every game is important and we are trying to finish with a win tomorrow. We need such experiences, bad and good from this tournament to learn for the future.”
Alex Bowen (USA) — Six Goals
“I haven’t scored that many goals before in a tournament. I’m pretty excited. We started working a lot for each other and sacrificing the body for everyone else. I was definitely working harder and my teammates worked for me and that actually opened up opportunities for me. It was really a team effort.”
14:30, 5-8 Semifinal, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 15 CHINA 5
Quarters: 4-1, 6-1, 1-2, 4-1
Referees: Edmundo Rodriques (BRA), Hatem Gaber (EGY)
Extra Man: USA: 4/7. CHN: 0/8
Pens: USA: 1/1
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: McQuin Baron, Nick Bell (1), Alex Obert, Michael Rosenthal (1), Anthony Daboub (2),Conner Cleary, Josh Samuels (1), Bret Bonanni (2), Alex Bowen (6), Nolan McConnell, Jackson Kimbell, John Mann (2),Jon Sibley. Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic.
CHINA: Zhiwei Liang, Feihu Tan (1), Lun Li, Zekai Xie, Junliang Guo (1), Ning Pan (1), Zhongxian Chen, Liang Gu, Tao Dong (2), Jinghao Chen, Chufeng Zhang, Nianxiang Liang, Chengcheng Qiu. Head Coach: Paolo Malara.
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