USA Women’s Water Polo Defeats Brazil 17-1 On Day Two Of FINA World League Prelims

TUSTIN, California, February 22. THE USA Women's National Team remained undefeated in FINA World League Prelim play, following a 17-1 defeat of Brazil at Beckman High School. Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) led the offense with four goals, all on power plays, while Sami Hill (Santa Barbara, CA/UCLA/Santa Barbara WPF) went the distance in net, turning aside nine shots. Team USA will close out competition on Wednesday evening with a match against Canada at 7:45pm. The game will take place at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, CA and will cap a day of CIF-Southern Section playoff action.

Much like the United States' 19-1 victory over Brazil on Monday, this match was never in doubt. A slow start that saw the United States open up a 3-0 lead, gave way to a high scoring second quarter as Team USA built a 10-0 lead at halftime. Seidemann scored three times and was joined by seven other scorers in building the ten goal run.

In the second half it was more of the same. Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/Santa Barbara WPF) opened the quarter with two straight goals to put the United States up 12-0. Team USA went up 14-0 before Brazil got on the board with a lob shot at the 1:49 mark in the period. That would be all the offense for Brazil on the night as Team USA tacked on three more goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to go up 17-1.

The United States went 9/11 on power plays while Brazil was 0/3. Neither team attempted a penalty shot.

USA 17 (3, 7, 5, 2) M. Seidemann 4, A. Dries 3, B. Villa 2, K. Craig 2, L. Silver 2, K. Rulon 1, E. Windes 1, J. Steffens 1, L. Wenger 1
BRA 1 (0, 0, 1, 0)

Saves – USA – S. Hill – 9
6×5 – USA 9/11 – BRA 0/3
Penalties – USA 0/0 – BRA 0/0

Canada Tops Brazil 16-1

Los Alamitos, CA – February 21 – Earlier in the day Brazil took on Canada at the USA Water Polo National Training Center. The result was similar to the fate Brazil encountered in the evening. Canada was an easy winner 16-1. The Canadians jumped out to 4-0 lead after the first quarter and doubled that to 8-0 at halftime. It was a 13-0 game after three quarters and despite a Brazilian goal in the fourth, Canada cruised to the win by 15.

CAN 16 (4, 4, 5, 3)
BRA 1 (0, 0, 0, 1)

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