Team USA Takes First Loss During Overtime Shootout

TIANJIN, China, Aug. 12. THE winner of the World Cup semifinal match between the U.S. and Italian Women’s Water Polo Teams came down to an overtime shootout after two three-minute overtime quarters. Italy went five for five on penalty shots, while USA’s Ericka Lorenz missed the third shot for a final score of 12-11. The U.S. team will now play Russia for bronze. Australia defeated Russia, 10-9, in the semifinals to qualify for the gold medal match.
“We picked a bad time to play a bad game against a good team,” Team USA head coach Guy Baker said. “We were off from the beginning of the game and never truly got into a flow. Italy remained the same as when we played them before, but we very rarely attacked the way we should have. This game will be a painful lesson for us and it will be important to regroup quickly and get ready for the bronze medal game.”

DAY 5: USA vs. ITALY, 11-12
BOX SCORES:
1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2 T Penalty Shots
USA 1 1 2 1 1 1 7 4
ITA 0 3 1 1 1 1 7 5

SCORERS:
USA – Lorenz 1, Wenger 2, Golda 1, Cardenas 1, Figge 1, Windes 1
ITA – Miceli 1, Bosurgi 1, Zanchi 3, Di Maro 1, Musumeci 1

GOALIE SAVES:
USA – Armstrong 10
ITA – Gigli 10

PENALTY SHOTS:
USA – Villa, Wenger, Cardenas and Golda (Lorenz missed 2nd round)
ITA – Di Maro, Bosurgi, Valkay, Zanchi, Miceli

PLAYER ADVANTAGE:
USA – 2 of 7
ITA – 2 of 6

SHOOTING:
USA – 7 of 28
ITA – 7 of 33

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