Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Semifinal 5-8

Quarters: 2-2, 2-0, 2-1, 2-1

Referees: Sergei NAUMOV (RUS), Juan MENENDEZ (CUB)

Extra Man: USA: 2/6. CAN: 1/8

Pen: CAN: 1/1

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (2), Melissa SEIDEMANN, Brenda VILLA (1), Lauren WENGER (1), Margaret STEFFENS (1), Courtney MATHEWSON (1), Jessica STEFFENS, Elsie WINDES, Kelly RULON, Annika DRIES (1), Kameryn CRAIG (1), Tumuaialii ANAE. HEAD COACH: Adam KRIKORIAN.
CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (2), Joelle BEKHAZI (1), Whitney GENOWAY, Stephanie VALIN, Dominique PERREAULT, Monika EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON, Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

USA vs CAN - credit: Russell McKinnon
USA vs CAN - credit: Russell McKinnon

Outgoing world champion USA was in control from the start and only allowed Canada to level twice in the opening quarter.
Canada had chances but could not score and two goals in particular proved too much for RIDDELL in goal. PETRI scored consecutive goals early in the third period with one bouncing shot from the top literally slipping through RIDDELL's hands.
The final goal from MATHEWSON for 8-4 with so accurate into the top left while her body position was wide of the left post.
RIDDELL's fingertips were within a coat of paint thickness. The USA wanted the victory and went out and got it. VILLA opened with a keen-eyed shot from the top and CSIKOS replied from top left. STEFFENs regained the lead for the USA and BEKHAZI levelled on penalty. CRAIG and WENGER scored extra-man goals for 4-2 by 1:26 of the second quarter. Canada called a timeout but no joy in the scoring department. PETRI's pair started the third and CSIKO converted extra for 6-3. DRIES opened the fourth with a flash goal, immediately after the exclusion was called, sending  it in from the top. ALOGBO scored on extra, the ball just getting over the line. MATHEWSON sent in her gem and USA had the game wrapped at 5:20. Both teams took timeouts with no change to the score.