USA Women’s Water Polo Takes Down Australia 9-2 In Berkeley

Photo Courtesy: Jared Gray, USA Water Polo

In front of a sold out crowd at the Spieker Aquatics Complex, the USA Women’s National Team opened their three game exhibition series against Australia with a 9-2 victory. Kiley Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC) led the way with two goals each in the victory. Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/NYAC) and Amanda Longan (Moorpark, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805) each notched 4 saves as they split time in goal.

A full replay of the match is available by clicking here. The two teams will meet again on Wednesday evening at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA at 5:30pm pt. The match on Wednesday is free admission, doors open at 4:45pm pt. Seating is very limited and some admission will be standing room only. The game will live stream at and with live stats offered at  For more information on the series, click here.

Team USA jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first quarter via two goals from Kiley Neushul and they would add one more just before the break to take a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Team USA continued to shut down Australia during the second quarter while adding two more goals to take a commanding 5-0 lead at halftime.

Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) scored in the third quarter to put Team USA ahead 6-0 before Australia broke through with a score from Bronwen Knox. Alys Williams (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Huntington Beach WP) got the United States back on the board with a goal late in the third to take a 7-1 lead to the fourth. Team USA tacked on two more goals in the fourth to cruise to the eight goal victory.

Team USA went 2/5 on power plays and 1/2 on penalties while Australia was 0/5 on power plays with no penalty shot attemps.

Scoring – Scoresheet
USA 9 (3, 2, 2, 2) USA: K. Neushul 2, M. Steffens 2, R. Fattal 1, P. Hauschild 1, J. Neushul 1, M. Fischer 1, A. Williams 1
AUS 2 (0, 0, 1, 1) H. Buckling 1, B. Knox 1
Saves – USA – A. Johnson 4, A. Longan 4 – AUS – G. Palm 8
6-on-5 – USA – 2/5 – AUS – 0/5
Penalties – USA – 1/2 – AUS – 0/0

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